Law making powers for Wales – it’s old hat..


To coincide with our referendum the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth have been digitising their copies of the thousand year old Laws of Hywel Dda. To quote the preamble:
“The Laws of Hywel Dda are one of the jewels of Welsh civilization which bare witness to a developed and literate society in early medieval Wales. Although the images from NLW Peniarth 28 manuscript of the Laws are better known, the newly digitised NLW 20143A manuscript also includes interesting drawings. Unlike the Peniarth 28 manuscript is also in Welsh rather than Latin – enlightening us therefore to a wealth of legal words and concepts in the Welsh language.”
Some of the highlights of NLW 20143A
It’s worth a look at Hywel’s Wiki and if you ever visit Whitland a stroll around the Hywel Dda centre is good for the soul… .

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  • Dewi:

    Unless my eyes deceive me, your illustration is from the Peniarth MS 28 (Hengwrt MS 7) manuscript, which I think is earlier than the NLW 20143A. And in Latin.

  • Dewi

    Malcolm – will you stop being clever! (Only picture I could get to work…)