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The Black Book of Carmarthen

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The Black Book of Carmarthen

The book will be on display at St Peter's Church in Carmarthen during their Bosworth Day event on Saturday, August 19, between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

The oldest surviving Welsh manuscript will be available to see in its home town, more than 750 years after it was published. A replica of The Black Book of Carmarthen, housed at The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, will be on view at St Peter's Church in Carmarthen next month.  Thought to have been compiled before 1250, the book is the earliest surviving text written completely in Welsh, and contains references to the medieval figures of King Arthur and Merlin.  It contains poetry written between the 9th and 12th centuries and is kept under specifically controlled conditions to safeguard its ancient structure.  "We're really excited to have such a historic text on display in Carmarthen," said Jenny Fox, a member of The Friends of St Peter's Church.