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Professor Barry Lewis

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email: barrylewis@celt.dias.ie

About

I studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at the University of Cambridge before doing a Master’s degree there in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic in 1998–9. From 1999 to 2004 I was a doctoral student in the Department of Welsh, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 2001 I was appointed Research Fellow in the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth. While there, I worked on three projects: ‘Poets of the Nobility’, ‘Guto’r Glyn’ and ‘The Cult of Saints in Wales: Medieval Welsh-Language Sources and their Transmission’. I joined the School of Celtic Studies in November 2014.

Research interests

All aspects of medieval Welsh language and literature; manuscripts and textual culture; the editing of medieval Welsh texts; medieval literary theory; the employment of medieval literary texts as a historical source; hagiography and saints’ cults; medieval Irish language and literature. I am currently working on an edition of Bonedd y Saint, the main collection of saints’ genealogies from medieval Wales, and a study of the Lives and cult of St Cybi of Holyhead.

Publications

Critical edition in electronic format
www.gutorglyn.net, poems 1, 2, 4, 15–36, 120, 125. Published 2012.

Critical editions: print
Gwaith Gruffudd Gryg, Cyfres Beirdd yr Uchelwyr (Aberystwyth, 2011) (with Eurig Salisbury).

Gwaith Madog Benfras ac Eraill o Feirdd y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Ddeg, Cyfres Beirdd yr Uchelwyr (Aberystwyth, 2007).

Gwaith Gruffudd ap Maredudd, ii: Canu Crefyddol, Cyfres Beirdd yr Uchelwyr (Aberystwyth, 2005).

Gwaith Gruffudd ap Maredudd ap Dafydd, i: Canu i Deulu Penmynydd, Cyfres Beirdd yr Uchelwyr (Aberystwyth, 2003).

Edited volume
Gwalch Cywyddau Gwŷr: Essays on Guto’r Glyn and Fifteenth-century Wales (Aberystwyth, 2013) (with Dylan Foster Evans and Ann Parry Owen).

Research papers
‘Gwaith Natur a Edmygaf’: Afonydd, Llynnoedd a Ffynhonnau yn Llenyddiaeth Cymru yn yr Oesoedd Canol, Sir Thomas Parry-Williams Memorial Lecture 2007 (Aberystwyth, 2008).

Welsh Poetry and English Pilgrimage: Gruffudd ap Maredudd and the Rood of Chester (Aberystwyth, 2005).

Articles and book chapters
‘Poetry and Patronage in Late Medieval Wales: The Case of William Herbert of Raglan (d. 1469)’, Monmouthshire Antiquary, 30 (2014), 15–30.

‘Les archives de la poésie galloise révelées : identité galloise et/contre identité anglaise durant la guerre de Cent ans’, Anne Hellegouarc’h-Bryce and Heather Williams (eds.), Regards croisés sur la Bretagne et le pays de Galles/Cross-Cultural Essays on Wales and Brittany (Brest and Aberystwyth, 2013), 225–49.

‘Bywyd Guto’r Glyn / Guto’r Glyn: A Life’, with Eurig Salisbury (2013) (http://www.gutorglyn.net/gutorglyn/biog/)

‘Bardd yn y Tirlun: Cymru a’i Rhanbarthau drwy Lygaid Guto’r Glyn’, Dylan Foster Evans, Barry J. Lewis and Ann Parry Owen (eds.), Gwalch Cywyddau Gwŷr: Essays on Guto’r Glyn and Fifteenth-century Wales (Aberystwyth, 2013), 149–76.

‘Late Medieval Welsh Praise Poetry and Nationality: The Military Career of Guto’r Glyn Revisited’, Studia Celtica, XLV (2011), 111–30.

‘The Battle of Edgecote or Banbury (1469) Through the Eyes of Contemporary Welsh Poets’, Journal of Medieval Military History, IX (2011), 97–117.

‘Genre and the Praise of Place in Late Medieval Wales’, in Stefan Zimmer (ed.), Kelten am Rhein: Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Congress of Celtic Studies, ii: Philologie: Sprachen und Literaturen (Mainz, 2009), 147–58.

‘Bardd Natur yn Darllen Bardd y Ddinas? Dafydd ap Gwilym, “Y Don ar Afon Dyfi” ac Ofydd, Amores, III.6’, Llên Cymru, 31 (2008), 1–22.

‘Genre a Dieithrwch yn y Cynfeirdd: Achos “Claf Abercuawg”’, Llenyddiaeth mewn Theori, 2 (2007), 1–33.

‘Llawysgrifau a Barddoniaeth Grefyddol yn y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Ddeg’, Cof Cenedl XXI: Ysgrifau ar Hanes Cymru (Llandysul, 2006), 31–62.

‘Golwg y Beirdd Canoloesol ar Harddwch Natur’, Dwned, 11 (2005), 35–63.

‘Llafurfaith a waith a weinyddaf’: Dulliau’r Gogynfeirdd o Agor Cerdd’, Llên Cymru, 28 (2005), 1–25.

‘Trafod Barddoniaeth yn yr Oesoedd Canol: Y Traddodiad Mawl a Chrefydd’, Dwned, 8 (2002), 1–34.

‘Adeiladu Cerdd: Cyfuniadau Geiriol yng Nghanu Crefyddol y Gogynfeirdd’, Llên Cymru, 24 (2001), 35–51.

Encyclopaedia entries
‘Elidir Sais’, in John T. Koch (ed.), Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, California, 2006), vol. ii, p. 672.

‘Gwalchmai ap Meilyr’, in John T. Koch (ed.), Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, California, 2006), vol. iii, pp. 858–9.

Review article
‘Celtic Ecocriticism’, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 59 (Summer 2010), 71–81 [review of Alfred K. Siewers, Strange Beauty: Ecocritical Approaches to Early Medieval Landscape (New York, 2009)].

Book reviews
Patrick Sims-Williams, Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature (Oxford, 2011) in Celtica, XXVII (2013), 176–81.

Helen Fulton (ed.), Urban Culture in Medieval Wales (Cardiff, 2012) and Catherine A.M. Clarke (ed.), Mapping the Medieval City: Space, Place and Identity in Chester c. 1200–1600 (Cardiff, 2011) in Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 65 (Summer 2013), 103–8.

Nicolas Jacobs, Early Welsh Gnomic and Nature Poetry (London, 2012) in Dwned, 18 (2012), 99–107.

Andrew Breeze, The Origins of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi (Leominster, 2009) in Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie, 59 (2012), 243–7.

Patrick Sims-Williams, Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature (Oxford, 2011) in Taliesin, 144 (Winter 2011), 164–7.

Karen Jankulak, Geoffrey of Monmouth (Cardiff, 2010) in Studia Celtica, XLV (2011), 215–17.

Carl Phelpstead, Tolkien and Wales (Cardiff, 2011) in Taliesin, 142 (Spring 2011), 170–3.

Rhian M. Andrews, Welsh Court Poems, The Library of Medieval Welsh Literature (Cardiff, 2007) in Taliesin, 133 (Spring 2008), 149–52.

Mark Atherton (ed.), Celts and Christians: New Approaches to the Religious Traditions of Britain and Ireland (Cardiff, 2002), in Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 45 (Summer 2003), 75–8.

Peter Busse, Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr—Archaismus und Innovation: Sprache und Metrik eines kymrischen Hofdichters des 12. Jahrhunderts (Münster, 2002), in Llên Cymru, 26 (2003), 164–6.

M. Paul Bryant-Quinn, Gwaith Ieuan Brydydd Hir, Cyfres Beirdd yr Uchelwyr (Aberystwyth, 2000), in Llên Cymru, 24 (2001), 187–9.

Forthcoming
Medieval Welsh Poems to Saints and Shrines, Mediaeval and Modern Welsh Series (Dublin, forthcoming in 2015).

‘St Mechyll of Anglesey and St Maughold of Man’, Studia Celtica Fennica, XI (2014).