Decennovenal Reason and Unreason in the C-Text of Annales Cambriae

in The Medieval Chronicle 11
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In 1216, or soon thereafter, a Welsh nationalist chronologist created a version of the St David’s chronicle that was an ancestor of the late thirteenth-century chronicle in London, British Library, Cotton MS Domitian A I, known as Annales Cambriae C. The chronicle consists of a set of annals to which a universal chronicle has been prefixed, and the earlier compiler’s work is preserved within this surviving late thirteenth-century edition. This paper examines the evidence for the early thirteenth-century compiler’s overt and covert use of the 19-year lunar-solar (or ‘decennovenal’) cycle, to encode a powerful statement about the significance of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (c. 1172–11 April 1240).

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