During his long career Guto’r Glyn received patronage from noble families in virtually all parts of Wales, enjoying la belle vie in their lavish homes and providing us with considerable insights into their lives in his descriptions of feasts, fine wines, costume and material possessions. He took an active interest in political affairs in Wales and beyond. He was an avowed supporter of the Yorkist cause, and was indentured for service as a soldier and fought in France during the Hundred Years’ War. His poetry to military commanders, Edward IV and his supporters provide us with contemporary comment on political and military affairs during one of the most exciting periods of British history.
We will reconstruct, as far as is possible, the original text of Guto’r Glyn’s poetry, utilizing the greater number (30 per cent) of manuscript copies now identified since the publication of Gwaith Guto’r Glyn (1939), edited by Ifor Williams and based on work previously undertaken by John Llywelyn Williams. The corpus consists of approximately 6,500 lines of poetry in approximately 150 poems, in 2,350 manuscript copies. A new scholarly edition of Guto’r Glyn’s poetry is urgently required, and the poems will be scrutinized in the light of advances in lexicographical and editorial methods in the scholarship of medieval Welsh poetry, as well as significant recent work on manuscripts, text transmission and especially on variances characteristic of oral transmission.
The project, jointly funded by a generous grant from the AHRC and the University of Wales, is led by Dr Ann Parry Owen and her co-investigators are Professor Dafydd Johnston, newly appointed Director of the Centre, and Dr Dylan Foster Evans of Cardiff University. The four other research fellows are Dr R. Iestyn Daniel, Dr Barry J. Lewis, Dr Alaw Mai Jones and Mr Eurig Salisbury. The National Library of Wales and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales are our project partners and we will be working closely with scholars throughout the universities of Wales on this truly collaborative project.
For further information regarding the project, please contact Ann Parry Owen (apocymru.ac.uk ).
Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen, where Guto’r Glyn spent his final years.
Llun: Ann Parry Owen