The Pinnacle of the Medieval Welsh Bardic Tradition? The Poetry of Guto'r Glyn.

From the fifteenth century to the present day, Guto'r Glyn (c.1435/c.1493) has been acknowledged as the greatest exponent of the Welsh praise-poetry tradition, a cultural succession which stretches back to the sixth century. We aim to reconstruct, as far as is possible, the original text of the poems of Guto'r Glyn based on the manuscripts now available: 6,500 lines of verse, in c.160 poems, preserved in c.2300 manuscript copies. (The final number of poems edited will depend on their authenticity, and some will be rejected.) We shall produce an authoritative electronic edition on a bilingual website, with full manuscript testimony, digital images and notes, web concordance and English translations of the poetry. We shall subsequently produce a two-volume printed edition in Welsh to succeed the 1939 edition. A volume in Welsh and English, comprising of essays written by distinguished scholars, will critically assess the light which the poetry sheds on the history, culture, literature and politics of the fifteenth century.

Principal investigator
Dr Ann Parry Owen
Principal project staff
Dr Ann Parry Owen
Start date
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Completion date
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Source material
Our editorial work is manuscript based - the manuscripts dating from the end of the fifteenth century to the nineteenth century, but the majority written in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Most of the manuscripts are housed in the National Library of Wales (NLW), and some of these are now available digitally (some are online); many are also in the BL Add collection, and we have access to these in NLW on microfilm (as we do to manuscripts from collections in Oxford). We also make of historical documents (transfer of land, &c.) to date and ascertain the provenance of the patrons.