Skip to comments.Doodles and poems found in Black Book of Carmarthen
Posted on 05/12/2019 9:40:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The 750-year-old Black Book of Carmarthen is the first Welsh text to include medieval figures such as King Arthur and Merlin...
Now, thanks to high resolution photography and UV lighting, some of its secrets have finally been revealed...
The collection of poetry and illustrations was penned by one scribe in the 13th Century who added to it over the years.
It was then passed from owner to owner, with more additions being made in the margins...
But 300 years after it was first written the then owner, believed to be Jaspar Gryffyth, decided to purge the pages of anything that was not original.
Prof Russell added: "This man in the 16th Century went through the book tidying it up. The owner erased a lot of material from the left, right, top and bottom margins. Anything he thought was an addition, he got rid of."...
Although it was suspected there could be some text hidden within the pages, the researchers who first looked at the book under UV light were shocked when they found two faces staring out at them.
Prof Russell said: "It was a scary moment when we turned the page and out popped these faces in the bottom corner, along with a line of Welsh which goes with them.
"We think the line of Welsh was from one kinsman donating something, possibly the book, to another kinsman."
They went on to discover a page of medieval Welsh poetry, which they believe has never been seen before.
They found a drawing of a fish on another page, and are continuing their search for other hidden text and images in the book.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...
The book is the first Welsh text to include medieval figures such as King Arthur. ©National Library of Wales
The article says they saw the two faces “along with a line of Welsh which goes with them” but does not give the line or any kind of idea what or who the faces might be.
Probably no name there, or they'd have said so.
Nuts, I see a duplicate topic from 2015. Google search failed to find it, so did FR's search. Anyway, the rest of the King Arthur keyword, chrono sorted, with the "zot" topics removed:
People should see what’s in the blackbook of DP0622!!
"You want some poems, I got some _______ poems!"
LOL, I was expecting an obscene drawing of one of the Monks in charge of the manuscript division in the monastary...:)
Very funny. My first thought as well. Nice job!
Was that owner a Welshman named Zuckerberg or Dorsey?
Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
pease porridge in the pot, nine days old.
Toss it in the microwave, ten minutes high,
listen for the pot to crack, smell the porridge fry.
Watch the oven’s door blow out, oh the gooey foam.
Won’t this be a fun surprise
for mom when she gets home?
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