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The Pomffred Manuscript

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This chapter briefly talks about the Pomffred manuscript that presents a Cyfnerth-type text as well as a lengthy tail of additional, largely Marcher law. Hywel Dda the son of Cadell king of Wales made [laws] by the grace of God and fasting and prayer; this is what there was, evil laws before his time, and he took 6 men from every commote in Wales and brought them to the White House on the Taf; and one hundred and forty of those who held a crozier from among the bishops and archbishops and abbots and good teachers; and he made good laws and confirmed them in his own name. And from that number he took the twelve wisest laymen and the single wisest scholar to make the laws. And the curse of God and of that assembly and of the whole of Wales were placed on whoever would break those laws.

Keywords:Cyfnerth-type text; Hywel Dda; Marcher law; Pomffred manuscript



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