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Annales Cambriae
(498 words)

(Annals of Wales)

11th-13th century, but incorporating older texts. Wales. These fundamental sources for Welsh history are in Latin and extend at their fullest from 444 to 1288. Until the 11th century the entries are terse and uninformative, but they become fuller thereafter, with rhetorical flourishes. In recording the death in 1197 of the Lord Rhys, who maintained power against Henry II, they even launch into verse, speaking of him as "no false Ulysses" but as one regibus ortus (descended from kings).

They survive in Exeter, Cathedral Library, ms. 3514; London, BL, Cotton Domitian …

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Breeze, Andrew, “Annales Cambriae”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_00120>
First published online: 2016

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