Cloth $145.00 ISBN: 9780708313862 Published February 2006 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Trioedd Ynys Prydein

The Triads of the Island of Britain

Rachel Bromwich

Rachel Bromwich

Distributed for University of Wales Press

559 pages | © 2006
Cloth $145.00 ISBN: 9780708313862 Published February 2006 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Rachel Bromwich’s magisterial edition of Trioedd Ynys Prydein has long won its place as a classic of Celtic studies. This substantially revised edition shows the author’s continued mastery of the subject, and will be essential reading for Celticists and for those interested in early British history and literature and in Arthurian studies.

Early Welsh literature shows a predilection for classifying names, facts and precepts into triple groups, or triads. ‘The Triads of the Isle of Britain’ form a series of texts which commemorate the names of traditional heroes and heroines and which would have served as a catalogue of the names of these heroic figures. The names are grouped under various imprecise but complimentary epithets, which are often paralleled in the esoteric language of the medieval bards, who would have used the triads as an index of past history and legend.

This edition is based upon a full collation of the most important manuscripts, the earliest of which go back to the thirteenth century. The Welsh text is accompanied by English translations of each triad and extensive notes, and the volume includes four appendices which are also an important source of personal names. The Introduction discusses the significance of Trioedd Ynys Prydein in the history of Welsh literature and examines the traditional basis of the triads.

Contents
PREFACE
INTRODUCTION:
    
     I. MANUSCRIPTS AND VERSIONS
     II. ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF TRIOEDD YNYS
          PRYDEIN
 
               Trioedd Ynys Prydein and Bardic Instructions
               Trioedd Ynys Prydein and the Chwedlau
               Trioedd y Meirch
               Antiquity and Prevenance
 
THE APPENDICES
 
TRIOEDD YNYS PRYDEIN:
 
TEXT, TRANSLATION AND NOTES
 
APPENDIX 1.     Enweu Ynys Prydein:
                      The Names of the Island of Britain
APPENDIX II.     Bonedd Gwyr y Gogledd:
                       The Descent of the Men of the North
APPENDIX III.     Tri Thlws ar Ddeg Ynys Prydein:
                        The Thirteenth Treasures of the Island of Britain
APPENDIX IV.     Pedwar Marchog ar Hugain Llys Arthur:
                        The Twenty-four Knights of Arthur's Court
 
NOTES ON PERSONAL NAMES
 
ABBREVIATIONS
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
INDEX
     INDEX TO PLACES
     INDEX TO TRIOEDD Y MEIRCH
     GENERAL INDEX
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