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There is a useful discussion of MIDDLE ENGLISH TEXTS A N D W ELSH CONTEXTS 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. D. , University of Cambridge, 1990), 225–45. Jenkins (“Aspects of the Welsh Prophetic Verse Tradition”) does not specifically suggest Neath Abbey as the original home of the manuscript, but accepts arguments for its association with the region in which the abbey is situated. Evans (First Portion of the Welsh Manuscripts at Peniarth, 389–99) was the first to suggest Neath Abbey, and Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan reports evidence that tends to support this view; see Ceridwen LloydMorgan, “Prophecy and Welsh Nationhood in the Fifteenth Century,” Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion (1986): 9–26, at 20 and note 26.

21 In the pre-Conquest period, the shifting political fortunes of the Welsh Royal houses led to Ergyng being joined (variously) with the Welsh kingdoms of Glywysing, Gwent, and Morgannwg, while depredations by the Saxons from the kingdom of Mercia led to a diminution of territory. Though parishes of Ergyng (as Archenfield), such as Garway and Kilpeck, are catalogued in the Domesday Book, the classification notes the mixed nature of the community, and the survival of Welsh legal customs, guaranteed by Edward the Confessor after the defeat of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn: In Wormelow Hundred St.

There was a blank space in the manuscript that could be used for this purpose. Here English is a minority language and the text is added without specific reference to the significance of the context. In that sense it is intrusive. At the same time, the scribe, who was probably Welsh, was willing and able to accommodate a brief English language text in a Welsh language manuscript and did not feel the need to translate it into Welsh. The picture suggests a culture at ease with its native language and 14 WILLIAM MARX prepared to incorporate material in a different language where it might be useful.

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