The National Library will publish a “masterpiece” that will “revolutionize the study of our culture” on the occasion of the author’s 90th birthday

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Dr. Daniel Huws

This month will see the publication of what the National Library of Wales calls a “long-awaited magnum opus”, on the occasion of the author’s 90th birthday.

The work of the National Library and the Center for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies at the University of Wales will include the most thorough and scholarly study of Welsh manuscripts ever.

The library said it was “the most important publication on Welsh manuscripts for over a century, and will revolutionize the study of our culture and literature”.

The author of the work is Dr Daniel Huws, former curator of manuscripts and archives at the library and chief specialist in Welsh manuscripts.

The publication of A Directory of Welsh Manuscripts and Scribes, c.800-c.1800 is the culmination of many years of extensive research and constitutes a substantial contribution to international research, the library said.

Pedr ap Llwyd, Chief Executive and Librarian of the National Library of Wales, said: “This is without a doubt one of the most important, if not the most important, scientific research that we have published.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Daniel for his outstanding work and I have had the privilege of getting to know this dear and unique researcher over the past few years. Our best wishes to him on his special birthday and our thanks for a lifetime of service to Wales, our culture and our learning.

‘Proud’

To celebrate the publication of Directory and to mark Dr Huws’ 90th birthday, an international conference on various aspects relating to Welsh manuscripts will be held at the Library from 20-22 June.

Plenary speakers for the Welsh Manuscripts c.800–c.1800 Conference will be Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan, Bernard Meehan and Paul Russell, as well as eminent scholars from Wales and beyond. Over thirty papers will be delivered relating to aspects of Welsh provenance manuscripts, including their construction, palaeography, scribes, patrons and collectors, textual studies and digital presentation.

Professor Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones, director of the Center for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies at the University of Wales, said the work was a “masterpiece”.

“We celebrate Dr. Daniel Huws’ fellowship and are proud of the collaboration that has taken place in order to showcase this work to the world,” she said.

“I would like to thank everyone who has worked with us to publish these extraordinary volumes and we look forward – not only to this year’s launch and conference – but also to the new work and research that will flow from the Directory for decades to come. »

The National Library of Wales

The three volumes will include a detailed study of the manuscripts held by our main libraries, such as the National Library of Wales, Bangor University, and centers such as the British Library and the Bodleian Library, Oxford. It will also examine manuscripts held further afield at places such as Harvard and Yale Universities, Stonyhurst College and the Northamptonshire Archives.

Based on these manuscripts, the work and motivations of the individuals who created them are analyzed – from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution – introducing us to notable figures in the nation’s history, some who have long been forgotten and d other more interesting characters who deserve more attention.

For more information, visit the conference webpage or go to our website to book a ticket.


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