Book Series Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe, vol. 35

Celts, Gaels, and Britons

Studies in Language and Literature from Antiquity to the Middle Ages in Honour of Patrick Sims-Williams

Erich Poppe, Simon Rodway, Jenny Rowland (eds)

  • Pages: xviii + 362 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:2 b/w
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59864-2
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A collection of innovative essays on ancient and medieval Celtic languages and their literatures by established experts in the field.


“Overall, this volume should attract a relatively wide readership. Naturally, this book is primarily aimed at Celticists: literary scholars and linguists will find a great deal of food for thought in this festschrift. However, the volume will also be of interest to historians and archaeologists. Likewise, it will appeal to scholars working on late Antiquity as well as those whose research interests deal with the medieval and early modern periods. (…) This volume contains a wealth of information, and the scholarship is incredibly rich (…)”. (Simon Egan, in The Medieval Review, 11/08/2023)



Erich Poppe was professor of Celtic at the university of Marburg (Germany);

Simon Rodway is lecturer in the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth University;

Jenny Rowland was senior lecturer in Welsh and Celtic Civilization, University College, Dublin


Celts, Gaels, and Britons offers a miscellany of essays exploring three closely connected areas within the fields of Celtic Studies in order to shed new light on the ancient and medieval Celtic languages and their literatures. Taking as its inspiration the scholarship of Professor Patrick Sims-Williams, to whom this volume is dedicated, the papers gathered together here explore the Continental Celtic languages, texts from the Irish Sea world, and the literature and linguistics of the British languages, among them Welsh and Cornish. With essays from eighteen leading scholars in the field, this in-depth volume serves not only as a monument to the rich and varied career of Sims-Williams, but also offers a wealth of commentary and information to present significant primary research and reconsiderations of existing scholarship.


List of illustrations


Rhagymadrodd Introduction

John Scottus Eriugena and Celtica eloquentia

Simon Rodway (with a contribution by Barry J. Lewis)

Taruotureśka tureita: A Celtiberian Collocation

Javier de Hoz

More Celtic, More from Pannonia

Alexander Falileyev

An Old Irish Text on Kingship and the Five Provinces of Ireland

Liam Breatnach

British and Irish? Some Thoughts on the Life of Saint Ailbe

Máire Herbert

Irish Influence on Old Norse Literature? Immram to Hvítramannaland

Máire Ní Mhaonaigh

Romanization and the British Bards

Jenny Rowland

A Note on the Four Bare-Headed Women in ‘Echrys Ynys’

William Mahon

Llythyr Gofyn gan Siôn Phylip

Bleddyn Owen Huws

The Development of Proto-Celtic *st in British Celtic

Peter Schrijver

The Development of Proto-Celtic *au in British Celtic

Stefan Schumacher

The Corpus of Old Cornish

Oliver Padel

Bardic Grammars on Syllables

Thomas Charles-Edwards

The Joy of Six: Spelling and Letter-Forms among Fourteenth-Century Welsh Scribes

Paul Russell

The Development of Realis Conditional Clauses in Welsh

David Willis

A Contribution to Subaltern Linguistics. Welsh Dim in Comparative (and Similar) Clauses

Richard Glyn Roberts

Traces of Translation in Buchedd Beuno?

Erich Poppe

Welsh hoyw. A Case Study in Language Contact

Dafydd Johnston