Formerly Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies

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CMCS 1 (Summer 1981)

Kathleen Hughes, The Celtic Church: is this a valid concept?; Peter Dronke, St. Patrick’s reading; E.G. Quin, The Early Irish poem ‘ísucán’; O.J. Padel, The Cornish background of the Tristan Stories; Vivien Law, Malsachanus reconsidered: a fresh look at a Hiberno-Latin Grammarian; Sir Harold Bailey, ‘Bisclavret’ in Marie de France.

CMCS 2 (Winter 1981)

Kenneth Jackson, Varia: I. Bede’s ‘Urbs Giudi’: Stirling or Cramond?; Nicolas Jacobs, The Old English heroic tradition in the light of Welsh evidence; Alison Peden, Science and philosophy in Wales at the time of the Norman conquest: a macrobius manuscript from Llabadarn; William Gillies, Arthur in Gaelic tradition. Part I: Folktales and Ballads; Aoife Nic Ghiollamhaith, Dynastic warfare and historical writing in North Munster, 1276-1350.

CMCS 3 (Summer 1982)

Bernard Wailes, The Irish ‘Royal sites’ in history and archaeology; Kenneth Jackson, Varia: II. Gildas and the names of the British princes; William Gillies, Arthur in Gaelic tradition. Part II: Romances and Learned Lore; David Thomson, Cistercians and schools of Late medieval Wales; J.C.T. Oates, Notes on the later history of the oldest manuscript of Welsh poetry: the Cambridge Juvencus.

CMCS 4 (Winter 1982)

Nicolas Jacobs, The Green Knight: an unexplored Irish parallel; David Dumville, The ‘six’ sons of Rhodri Mawr: a problem in Asser’s ‘Life of King Alfred’; Grenville Astill & Wendy Davies, Field walking in East Brittany, 1982; Richard Sharpe, St. Patrick and the see of Armagh; l Wright, The ‘Hisperica Famina’ and Caelius Sedulius; William Sayers, ‘Bisclaret’ in Marie de France: A reply; Eric P. Hamp, ‘Lloegr’: the Welsh name for England; R. Mark Scrowcroft, Some recent work on Irish mythology and literature.

CMCS 5 (Summer 1983)

David Johnston, The serenade and the image of the house in the poems of Dafydd ap Gwilym; Jane Stevenson, Ascent through the heavens, from Egypt to Ireland; Dafydd Jenkins & Morfydd E. Owen, The Welsh marginalia in the Lichfield Gospels. Part I; Lawrence Nees, The colophon drawing int the Book of Mulling: a supposed Irish monastery plan and the tradition of Terminal Illustration in early medieval manuscripts.

CMCS 6 (Winter 1983)

CMCS 6 (Winter 1983)Patrick Sims-Williams, Gildas and the Anglo-Saxons; Charles S.F. Burnett, Arabic Divinatory Texts and Celtic Folklore: A Comment on the Theory and Practice of Scapulimancy in Western Europe; Marilyn Gerriets, Economy and Society: Clientship according to the Irish Laws; David Stephenson, Nefydd Hardd and the Killing of Idwal ab Owain Gwynedd; J.K. Bollard, The Role of Myth and Tradition in ‘The Four Branches of the Mabinogi’; David Dumville, Ekiurid’s ‘Celtic lingua’: An Ethnological Difficulty in Waltharius.

CMCS 7 (Summer 1984)

Donald E. Meek, Táin Bó Fraích, and other ‘Fráech’ Texts: A Study in Thematic Relationships. Part 1; David Stephenson, The Politics of Powys Wenwynwyn in the Thirteenth Century; C.R. Cheney, Manx Synodal Statutes, A.D. 1230(?)–1351. Part I: Introduction to the Latin Texts; Dafydd Jenkyns & Morfydd E. Owen, The Welsh Marginalia in the Lichfield Gospels. Part II: The ‘Surexit’ emorandum.

CMCS 8 (Winter 1984)

O.J. Padel, Geoffrey of Monmouth and Cornwall; Pierre-Yves Lambert, ‘Thirty’ and ‘Sixty’ in Brittonic; K.R. Mc Cone, Notes on the Text and Authorship of the Early Irish Bee-Laws; C.R. Cheney, Manx Synodal Statutes A.D. 1230(?)-1351. Part II: Translation of Latin Texts; Donald E. Meek, ‘Táin Bó Fraéch’ and other Fraéch’ Texts: A Study in Thematic Relationships. Part II; Anthony Harvey, Aspects of Lenition and Spirantization; Julia S. Barrow, Gerald of Wales’s Great-Nephews.

CMCS 9 (Summer 1985)

Kenneth Rainsbury Dark, The Plan and Interpretation of Tintagel; Paul Russell, Recent Work on British Latin; Neil Wright, Did Gildas Read Orosios?; Elisabeth Okasha, The Non-Ogam Instciptions of Pictland; David Johnston, ‘Cywydd y Gal’ by Dafydd ap Gwilym; David Dumville, Language, Literature, and Law in Medieval Ireland: Some Questions of Transmission.

CMCS 10 (Winter 1985)

Michael Lapidge, A Seventh-Century Insular Latin Debate Poem on Divorce; Juliette Wood, The Calumniated Wife, in Medieval Welsh Literature; David Dumville, Late-Seventh- or Eighth Century Evidence of the British Transmission of Pelagius; Paul Russell, A Footnote to Spirantization; K.L. Maund, Cynan ab Iago and the Killing of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn; David Dumville, On Editing and Translating Medieval Irish Chronicles: The ‘Annals of Ulster’.

CMCS 11 (Summer 1986)

Philip O’Leary, A Foreseeing Driver of an Old Chariot: Regal Moderation in Early Irish Literature; Julia M.H. Smith, The Sack of Vannes by Pippin III; Donald E. Meek, The Banners of the Fian in Gaelic Ballad Tradition; Patrick Sims-Williams, The Visionary Celt: The Construction of an ‘Ethnic Preconception’; Máire Herbert, The Irish ‘Sex Aetates Mundi’: First Editions.

CMCS 12 (Winter 1986)

Kim R. Mc Cone, Werewolves, Cyclopes Díberga and Fíanna: Juvenile Delinquency in Early Ireland; Peter Dronke, ‘Ad deum meum convertere volo’ and Early Irish Evidence for Lyrical Dialogues; B. Lynette Olson & O, J. Padel, A Tenth Century List of Cornish Parochial Saints; David Johnston, Iolo Goch and the English: Welsh Poetry and Politics in the Fourteenth Century; Pierre-Yves Lambert, The New Dictionary of Old Breton.

CMCS 13 (Summer 1987)

Warren Cowgill, The Distribution of Infixed and Sufixed Pronouns in Old Irish; Marged Haycock, ‘Some Talk of Alexander and Some of Hercules’: Three Early Medieval Poems from the Book of Taliesin; Marilyn Gerriets, Kingship and Exchange in Pre-Viking Ireland; Bernard Merdrignac, Folklore and Hagiography: A Semiotic Approach to the Legend of the Immortals of Landevennec; Andrew Breeze, The Dance of Death; R. Mark Scowcroft, On Liminality in the Fenian Cycle.

CMCS 14 (Winter 1987)

Anthony Harvey, Early Literacy in Ireland: Thc Evidence from Ogam; John T. Koch, A Welsh Window on the Iron Age: Manawydan, Mandubracios; Emma J. Brennan, A Cross-Carved Slab from Kildare Cathedral; Stefan Zimmer, Three Welsh Etymologies: gellyg ‘pears’ ebol ‘colt’ buddelw ‘cowpost’; Marina Smyth, Isidore of Seville and Early Irish Cosmography.

CMCS 15 (Summer 1988)

Paul Russell, The Sounds of a Silence: The Growth of Cormac’s Glossary; Philip Jenkins, Regions and Cantrefs in Early Medieval Glumurgan; Andrew Welsh, The Traditional Narrative Motifs of ‘The Four Branches of the Mabinogi’; Michael W. Herren, The Stress Systems in Insulur Latin Octosyllabic Verse; Henry Kratz, Welsh gellyg, ebol, buddelw: A Reply; Eric P. Hamp, Welsh ebol.

CMCS 16 (Winter 1988)

Tomás Ó Concheanainn, A Connacht Medieval Literary Heritage: Texts derived from Cín Drommu Snechtai through Leabhar na hUidhre; Joan N. Radner, Interpreting Irony in Medieval Celtic Narrative: Thc Case of ‘Culhwch ac Olwen; Peter Dronke, Towards the Interpretation of the Leiden Love-Spell; John Carey, ‘Fir Bolg’: A Name Etymology Revisited; Andrew Breeze, The Shrine of St Brigit at Olite, Spain.

CMCS 17 (Summer 1989)

Pádraig Ó Riain, Sanctity and Politic in Connacht c. 1100: The Case af St Fursa; Andrew Welsh, Traditonal Tales and the Harmonizing of Story in ‘Pwyll Pendeuic Dyuet’; Nerys Patterson, Brehon Law in Late Medieval Ireland ‘Antiquarian and Obsolete’ or ‘Traditional and Functional’?; Michael W. Herren, Editing the Hisperica Famina: A Reply; Isabel Henderson, Françoise Henry and Helen Roe: Fifty-Five Years’ Work on Irish Art and Archaeology.

CMCS 18 (Winter 1989)

Caroline Brett, Breton Latin Literature as Evidence for Literature in thc Vernacular, A.D. 800-1300; Charles D. Wright, The Irish Enumerative Style in Old English Homiletic Literature, Especially Vercelli Homily IX; Máire Herbert, Fled Dúin na nGéd: A Reappraisal; Edgar M. Slotkin, The Fabula, Story, and Text of ‘Breuddwyd Rhonabwy’; Eric P. Hamp, The Laud Herbal Glossary and English-Celtic Contacts.

CMCS 19 (Summer 1990)

John Carey, The Two Laws in Dubthach’s Judgment; Norbert Backhaus, The structure af the List of ‘Remscéla T ána Bó Cualngni’ in the Book of Leinster; Patrick K. Ford, The Blind, the Dumb, and the Ugly: Aspects of Poets and their Craft in Early Ireland and Wales; Andrew Breeze, The Blessed Virgin’s Joys and Sorrows; Dafydd Jenkins, gwalch: Welsh.

CMCS 20 (Winter 1990)

John T. Koch, Brân, Brennos: An Instance of Early Gallo-Brittonic History and Mythology; Pádraig Ó Riain, The Tallaght Martyrologia, Redated; Robin Chapman Stacey, Ties That Bind: Immunities in Irish and Welsh Law; Máire West, Leabhar na hUidhre’s Position in the Manuscript History of ‘Togail Bruidne Da Derga’ and ‘Orgain Brudne Uí Dergae’; Lauran Toorians, Wizo Flandrensis and the Flemish Settlement in Pembrokeshire.

CMCS 21 (Summer 1991)

Daniel Huws, Llyff Gwyn Rhydderch; Uaininn ‘Meadhra, A Medieval Dubliner’s Talismanic Portrait? An Incised Profile Cut-Out Head from Christ Church Place, Dublin; Seán Duffy, The Bruce Brothers and the Irish Sea World, 1306-29; Helen Fulton, Medieval Welsh Poems to Nuns; Vivien Law, Fragments from the Lost Portions of the Epitomae of Virgilius Maro Grammaticus.

CMCS 22 (Winter 1991)

Nicholas John Higham, Gildas, Roman Walls, and British Dykes; Philip O’Leary, Jeers and Judgments: Laughter in Early Irish Literaturc; Patrick Sims-Williams, The Submission of Irish Kings in Fact and Fiction: Henry II Bendigeidfran, and ‘the Dating of The Four Branches of thé Mabinogi’; D.R. Johnston, The Erotic Poetry af the Cyuyddwyr; A.J. Hughes, The Old Cornish Personal Name Brenci and Middle Welsh Brengi/Bryngi.

CMCS 23 (Summer 1992)

R. Geraint Gruffydd, Englynion y Cusan by Dafydd ap Guoilym; M.T. Burdett-Jones, A Fragment of Text in Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch; David Ewan Thornton, A Neglected Genealogy of Uyuvelyn ap Gruffudd; Johan Corthals, A Reference to the Listener to Early Irish Prose Tales?; Patrick Sims-Willlams, The Additional Letters of the Ogam Alphabet; Erich Poppe, The Early Modern Irish Version of Beves of Hamtoun; Donald Black, Studies in Honour of James Carney (1914-89).

CMCS 24 (Winter 1992)

Isabel Henderson & Elisabeth Okasha, The Early Christian Inscribed and Carved Stones of Tullylease, Co. Cork; Thomas O’Loughlin, The Exegetical Purpose of Adomn án’s ‘De Locis Sanctis’; David Howlett, ‘Orationes Moucani’: Early Cambro-Latin Prayas; Alan K. Brown, Old Irish astal, Old English æstel: The Common Etymology.

CMCS 25 (Summer 1993)

Nicholas Orme, Education in the Medieval Cornish Play ‘Beunans Meriasek’; Huw Pryce, The Church of Trefeglwys and the End of the ‘Celtic’ Charter Tradition in Twelfth-Century Wales; A.S. Mac Shamhráin, The Uí Muiredaig and the Abbacy of Glendalough in the Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries; Paul Russell, Orthography as a Key to Codicology: Innovation in the work of a Thirteenth-century Welsh Scribe; Marc Caball, ‘The Gaelic Mind and the Collapse of the Gaelic World’: An Appraisal.

CMCS 26 (Winter 1993)

Pádraig A. Breatnach, Bernhard Bischoff (d. 1991) the Munich School of Medieval Latin Philology, and Irish Medieval Studies; T.J. Clarkson, Richmond and Catraeth; Jenny Rowland, Old Welsh Franc: An Old English Borrowing?; Patrick Sims-Williams, The Provenance of the Llywarch Hen Poems: A Case for Llan-gors, Brycheiniog; T.M. Charles-Edwards, The New Edition of Adomnán’s Life of Columba’; Indices to ‘Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies’ (1981–93)}.

CMCS 27 (Summer 1994)

O.J. Padel, The Nature of Arthur; Edel Bhreathnach, Killeshin: An Irish Monastery Surveyed; Philip O’Leary, Choice and Consequence in Irish Heroic Literature; Christine James, ‘Ban wedy i dynny’: Medieval Welsh Law and Early Protestant Propaganda.

CMCS 28 (Winter 1994)

Tony Conran, The Ballad and Taliesin; Daniel McCarthy, The Origin of the ‘Latercus’ Paschal Cycle of the Insular Celtic Churches; Karin Olsen, The Cuckold’s Revenge: Reconstructing Six Irish Roscada in ‘Táin Bó Cualnge’; Marie Therese Flanagan, ‘Historia Gruffud vab Kenan’ and the Origins of Balrothery, Co. Dublin.

CMCS 29 (Summer 1995)

J.K. Knight, Penmachno Revisited: The Consular Inscription and its Context; Kaarina Hollo, Conchobar’s ‘Scepter: The Growth of a Literany Topos; A.D.M. Darrell & R.R. Davies, Land, Lineange, and Revolt in North-East Wales, 1943-1441: A Case Study; Proinsias Mac Cana, Notes on the English Edition of ‘Culhwch and Olwen’.

CMCS 30 (Winter 1995)

Rex Gardner, Gildas’s New Testament Models; Jenny Rowland, Warfare and Horses in the ‘Gododdin’ and the Promblem of Catraeth; John Carey, The Rhetoric of ‘Echtrae Chonlai’; Morgan T. Davies, ‘Aed i’r coed i dorri cof’: Dafydd ap Gwilym and the Metaphorics of Carpentry; Mary-Ann Constantine, Prophecy and Pastiche in the Breton Ballads: Groac’h Ahès and Gwnec’hlan; O.J. Padel, Notes on the New Edition of the Middle Cornish ‘Charter Endorsement’.

CMCS 31 (Summer 1996)

Gilbert Márkus, What were Patrick’s Alphabets?; Johan Corthals, Early Irish Retoirics, and their Late Antique Background; David E. Thornton, Locusts in Ireland? A Problen in the Welsh and Frankish Annals; Nicolas Jacobs, Adjectival Collocations in the Poetry of the Early Cywyddwr: A Preliminary Survey.

CMCS 32 (Winter 1996)

Morgan Thomas Davies, Protocols of Reading in Early Irish Literature: Notes on Some Notes to ‘Orgain Denna Ríg’ and ‘Amra Coluim Cille’; Patrick Sims-Williams, The Death of Urien; Jessica Hemming, ‘Ami, and Amile’: A Partial Source for ‘Pwyll’?; Paul Russell, Gwr gwynn y law’: Figures of Speech in ‘Gramadegau’r Penceirddiaid’ and Latin Grammarians; Jean Rittmueller, The New Edition of Ailerán’s ‘Interpretatio Mystica et Moralis Progenitorum Domini Iesu Christi’; Pádraig A. Breatnach, The New Edition of the Hagiography of St Finbarr.

CMCS 33 (Summer 1997)

David Parsons, British *Caraticos, Old English Cerdic; Isabel Henderson & Elisabeth Okasha, The Early Christian Inscribed and Carved Stones of Tullylease, Co. Cork: Addendum; Marged Haycock, Taliesin’s Questions; Rachel Bromwich, Dafydd ap Gwilym: Influences and Analogues.

CMCS 34 (Winter 1997)

Donald E. Meek, ‘Norsemen and noble stewards’: The Mac Sween poem in the Book of the Dean of Lismore; Colin Ireland, Penance and prayer in water: an Irish practice in Northumbrian hagiography; Tom Chadwin, The ‘Remscéla Tána Bó Cualngi’; Fiona Winward, Some aspects of the women in ‘The Four Branches’.

CMCS 35 (Summer 1998)

John Reuben Davies, ‘Liber Landavensis’: Its Date and the Identity of its Editor; Simon Young, Donatus, Bishop of Fiesole 829-76, and the Cult of St Brigit in Italy; David Howlett, Insular Acrostics, Celtic Latin Colophons; O.J. Padel, A New Study of the ‘Gododdin’; John Carey, Sages, Saints, and Semiotics: Encountering Medieval Irish Literature.

CMCS 36 (Winter 1998)

Patrick Sims-Williams, Celtomania and Celtoscepticism; Alasdair Ross, ‘Harps of Their Owne Sorte’? A Reassessment of Pictish Chordophone Depictions; G.R. Isaac, ‘Gweith Gwen Ystrat’ and the Northern Heroic Age of the Sixth Century; Simon Rodway, A Datable Development in Medieval Literary Welsh.

CMCS 37 (Summer 1999)

Bart Jaski, Cú Chulainn, ‘gormac’ and ‘dalta’ of the Ulstermen; Erich Poppe, Reconstructing Medieval Irish Literary Theory: The lesson of ‘Airec Menman Uraird maic Coise’; G.R. Isaac, Readings in the History and Transmission of the ‘Gododdin’; Paul Russell, What Did Medieval Welsh Scribes Do? The scribe of the Dingestow Court Manuscript.

CMCS 38 (Winter 1999)

Mícheál Ó Mainnín, ‘The Same in Origin and in Blood’: Bardic Windows on the Relationship between Irish and Scottish Gaels, c. 1200-1650; Aideen M. O’Leary The Identities of the Poet(s) Mac Coisi: A Reinvestigation; Nerys Ann Jones, The Mynydd Carn ‘Prophecy’: A Reassessment..

CMCS 39 (Summer 2000)

Helen Mc Kee, Scribes and Glosses from Dark Age Wales: The Cambridge Juvencus Manuscript; Thomas O’Loughlin, The Plan of the New Jerusalem in the Book of Armagh; Huw Pryce, The Context and Purpose of the Earliest Welsh Lawbooks; Jürgen Uhlich, Kelten.

CMCS 40 (Winter 2000)

Gregory Toner, The Ulster Cycle: Historiography of Fiction?; David Howlett, A Brittonic Curriculum: A British Child’s ABC 123; Nicolas Jacobs, Red, Brown, and Grey Cuckoos: A Problem in Poetic Ornithology; Matthew J. Pearson, The Creation and Development of the St Asaph Cathedral Chapter, 1141-1293; Wilson Mc Leod, The Rhetorical Geography of the Late Medieval Irish Chronicles.

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