The Red Book of Hergest

The Red Book of Hergest

Anon.

c.1380–1410

Wales

Manuscript

One of the most important books written in Welsh, this manuscript is a weighty compilation of chronicles, mythology, romances and court poetry, including a Welsh version of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain. On display is the start of Owain, or Iarlles y Fyynnawn (The Lady of the Fountain), an Arthurian romance forming part of the Mabinogion. Versions also survive in French (Yvain, by Chrétien de Troyes), and Middle English (Ywayne and Gawayne). In the story, Owain breaks a promise to his new wife, goes mad with remorse, and eventually rebuilds his life with the loyal help of a lion.

Supporting Media

Extract from the opening of The Red Book of Hergest. Read by Prof Thomas Charles-Edwards in the original Welsh.

Comments

22/07/2017

Christopher

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02/05/2012

Andre Luiz Piscirilli Ramos

Greetings!

I am writing a article about King Arthur, Holly Grail, and i woud like to know if is possible Oxforf help me sending-me all of this subjects. I'am trying to define if the King Arthur really was true or just a legend. That's why i need your corroborate. Here in Brasil, the Oxford University is a strong reference of knowledge.

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02/05/2012

André Luiz Piscirilli Ramos

Saudações!

Sou brasileiro, estou escrevendo um artigo sobre Parsival. Gostaria de saber se a Oxford poderia me enviar todo material disponível sobre o Rei Arthur, Percival, Amfortas e O Santo Graal.

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15/02/2012

cool girl

read the lady of van lake

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