This scholarly edition of The Welsh Life of St David presents the medieval text of the Life of one of the early Christian missionaries of west Wales. More than one recension of the Latin Life written by Rhigyfarch was produced between the end of the eleventh century and the emergence of the abridged version in Welsh written by an unknown author at the start of the fourteenth century. The present annotated text of the Welsh Life is based on that found in the Book of the Anchorite of Llanddewibrefi (c. 1350), and contains a detailed comparison with the earlier Latin version. The comprehensive introduction by D. Simon Evans considers early references to David alongside valid information relating to the Saint in the sixth century, in order clearly to identify the historical David and to outline his significance in an early period of Welsh history. The Welsh Life of St David was first published by the University of Wales Press in 1988.
D. Simon Evans (1921-98) was Honorary Director of the Centre for Research and Scholarship at St David's University College, Lampeter (1988-94). He was previously Professor of Welsh at University College, Dublin, Head of Celtic Studies at Liverpool University, and Professor of Welsh at St David's University College, Lampeter. His eminent scholarship on medieval Welsh literature produced numerous publications, including Gramadeg Cymraeg Canol (1951), Buched Dewi (1959), A Grammar of Middle Welsh (1964), Historia Gruffud vab Kenan (1977) and Medieval Religious Literature (1986).
PrefaceIntroduction The Historical David Early References to David His Life The Latin Texts The Welsh VersionHystoria o Uuched DewiNotesAbbreviations(a) Bibliographical(b) Linguistic(c) MiscellaneousProper NamesVocabulary