Authority and Subjugation in Writing of Medieval Wales by Ruth Kennedy, Simon Meecham-Jones (eds.)

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The codicological history of Peniarth 12 is complex and it is too tightly bound to discover whether the first eleven folios were copied separately from the main part of the manuscript. Circumstantial evidence, however, suggests that it was an independent fragment that Hugh Evans bound into his sixteenth-century book. Hugh Evans constructed his Welsh language text of the Elucidarius around an earlier MIDDLE ENGLISH TEXTS A N D W ELSH CONTEXTS 17 fragment of a Welsh language Elucidarius and on fol.

This gives rise to the possibility that the English language text contributed something to the process of compilation that Hugh Evans initiated. This example of a Middle English text in a Welsh context has some interesting suggestions to make about the interplay between English language and Welsh language texts in a Welsh linguistic and cultural environment. First, the Middle English text was produced in what can be assumed was a Welsh speaking region, which is known for other Middle English texts.

He had, it would seem, an English language fragment around which he could have compiled a complete English language text, but his choice was for Welsh. What does this suggest about the status and function of English for Hugh Evans? ”14 But the dominant language of this manuscript is Welsh. Here we can see how the Welsh language was regarded in relation to English within Wales. The Welsh language is functional and it has a purpose for a didactic compilation such as this. English is regarded as possibly a curiosity, or a point of reference that provides support for, but is by no means central to, the compilation.

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