[lg policy] Rare medieval Welsh manuscript set for auction in London

Dave Sayers D.Sayers at SWANSEA.AC.UK
Tue Jul 10 10:57:39 UTC 2012



"A very rare mid-14th century legal manuscript written in Medieval Welsh is being auctioned at
Sotheby's in London on Tuesday.

Almost certainly taken to the US by Welsh settlers in the 1700s, The Laws Of Hywel Dda ranks among
the earliest medieval documents in that country.

The book was the standard for Welsh law until Llywelyn ap Gruffyd's rebellion against English rule
in 1282.

Estimated at £500,000-700,000, it is the earliest manuscript of its kind ever offered in a public
sale and the first in Welsh to come to the market since 1923.

Sotheby's specialist in Medieval Manuscripts, Dr Timothy Bolton told BBC News why the book was so



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Dr. Dave Sayers
Honorary Research Fellow
College of Arts & Humanities
and Language Research Centre
Swansea University
dave.sayers at cantab.net

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