Redactions

(c)Sara Elin Roberts

(c)Sara Elin Roberts


The Welsh law manuscripts are divided into redactions or groups, each group formed by manuscripts showing similarities in order and type. Aneurin Owen in Ancient Laws and Institutes of Wales named each redaction according to what he felt were their regional affiliations: the Welsh groups were the Venedotian (Gwynedd), Dimetian (Dyfed) and Gwentian (Gwent) codes. This was somewhat inaccurate, and the groups are now known by the names of people given pre-eminence in the prologue of each group: Iorwerth, after Iorwerth ap Madog, previously the Venedotian code; Cyfnerth, previously the Gwentian code, after Cyfnerth ap Morgeneu; and Blegywryd, previously the Dimetian code, named after Blegywryd Athro. The Latin manuscripts also form a loose redaction.

      




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