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Border Ornament, In The Demetian Version Of 'The Law Of Hywel Dda'

Border Ornament, In The Demetian Version Of 'The Law Of Hywel Dda'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1490

Shelfmark: Additional MS 22356

Item number: f.21v

Length: 24.7-00-00 00:00:00

Width: 16.6-00-00 00:00:00

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

In the early middle ages Wales was divided in several kingdoms, each with its own laws. Hywel ap Caell, usually known as 'Hywel Dda' or Hywel the Good, who became king over nearly all of Wales in 942, is credited with having brought these different systems into a single body of law, although three different versions exist: for Venedotia (north Wales), Dimetia (south Wales), and Gwent (south-east). The Law continued in use in Wales until the union with England in 1536. Using only two colours, red and green, a considerable amount of decoration has been added to pages such as this: the text contains initials in red; some of those in plain ink are ornamented in green; and the border decoration incorporates a dragon(?) head.

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