File Peniarth MS 162 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - Dares Phrygius,

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Dares Phrygius,


  • [15 cent.], [16-17 cent.] (Creation)

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Part i: 62 ff. (ff. i-vi, 1-56). Collation: 18 wants 1, 2 and 3, 28 wants 1 and 8, 3–78, 86 wants 8 probably blank : Parchment ; 190 x 130 mm.
Part ii: 75 ff. (pp. 1-152, wanting pp. 33-4, early foliation 1-71 on pp. 14-152, on versos) : Parchment ; 202 x 147 mm.
‘Half bound’ [RMWL]; rebound as two volumes at NLW in 1956.

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Archival history

In part i, on f. 56, the name Georges Vesey, [16 cent.]; on f. 2, the signature of Thomas Wilkins, from whom it probably passed to Edward Lhuyd. Bought for Hengwrt at the 1807 Sebright sale. Library ticket of Robert Williames Vaughan and an old Hengwrt label laid down on f. iv; notes by J. Gwenogvryn Evans on f. v. In part ii, inscribed names of [17 cent.]: William Lewis (pp. 12, 42, 128, 142), Lewis Morgan (p. 82), Christopher Vaughan (p. 109), Roger Wilkins (p. 1), Thomas Wilkins (pp. 3, 83). From Thomas Wilkins the manuscript probably passed to Edward Lhuyd. On p. 1 is a Sebright seal and ‘139’.

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A manuscript of two parts.
Part i (ff. 1-56 verso) contains the statutes (constitutiones) of bishop Peter Quivel (Quinel) of Exeter, dated 1287 (ff. 1-46 verso, three leaves wanting at the beginning) and his Summula (ff. 46 verso-56 verso), in a hand of [15 cent.]. Both texts are edited in Councils and Synods, with other documents relating to the English Church, eds F.M. Powicke and C.R. Cheney (Oxford, 1964), pp. 982-1077. For multiple later copies, see MMBL, II, p. 834. At the foot of f. 56 verso, in the hand of the scribe, ‘Constat Honynton’ [Honiton].
Part ii contains Mynachlog yr Ysbryd Glân, the beginning wanting (pp. 3-11); a cerdd on ‘Sidanen’ [CRhC, no. 96 (II)], the end wanting (p. 12); ‘Y Sids o Droea’, i.e. Ystoria Dared in the abbreviated version of the Red Book of Hergest text [Owens, Dares] (pp. 13-62); Brut Tysilio, the abbreviated version of Brut y Brenhinedd, the end wanting (pp. 63-152). All in the hand of Huws’ X29, a Glamorgan scribe of [16-17 cent.].

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Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.

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Welsh, Latin.

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A detailed list of the manuscript's contents may be found in J. Gwenogvryn Evans, Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, vol. I (London, 1898-1905), 948; a description of the manuscript and its Latin text can also be found in Prof. Edward Bensley, Catalogue of Peniarth Manuscripts which are Wholly or Partly in Latin (NLW), p. 13.
Description based on Daniel Huws, A Repertory of Manuscripts and Scribes c.800-c.1800 (Aberystwyth, 2022), I, 404.

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Available on microfilm at the Library.

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Formerly Hengwrt MS 354.


Preferred citation: Peniarth MS 162 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].


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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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June 2024.




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Description revised by Maredudd ap Huw.

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  • Microform: $h - MEICRO PENIARTH MS 162 (i & ii).
  • Text: Peniarth MS 162 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]; $z - Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies..