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Line drawing referencing a theatre round

The Life of St Meriadoc contains the story of Camborne’s first Celtic patron saint, as well as two other plays, woven in together. This manuscript dates from 1504, although it is probably a copy of an earlier play. Like the Cornish Ordinalia, it features circular stage diagrams. As well as nudity, parades and a dragon, it is also a complex political drama and includes tales of the tyranny of King Teudar Mawr, surely a political swipe at the contemporary Tudor ruler. Image courtesy of the National Library of Wales.

(Peniarth MS 105B, f.51v)

Bewnans Meriasek a syns ynno an hwedhel a’n kynsa Tassans Keltek Kammbronn, keffrys ha dew wari aral, gwiys war-barth. Dedhyas an mammskrif ma yw 1504, kyn fo yn hwirhaval dasskrif a wari a-varra. Kepar ha’n Ordinali Kernewek, ev a’n jeves golinyansow gwariva kylghek. Keffrys ha nothedh, kerdhvaow ha dragon, yth yw drama politek kompleth ynwedh hag a gomprehend hwedhlow a durantieth Myghtern Teudar Mawr, omsettyans politek yn sur orth an rewlyas Tudor kevos. Imaj dre gortesi a’n Lyverva Genedhlek Kembra.

(Peniarth MS 105B, f.51v)