Reading Middle Welsh is based on materials and methods used by the author over many years to teach this wider audience. It introduces and practises the forms and structures used in the first story of the Mabinogi, a medieval tale of mythical characters from the earliest layers of Welsh tradition. It culminates in a reading of that story, complete and unchanged, in a standardised spelling close to that of Modern Welsh. Then it tells something about medieval spelling and opens the gate to reading the published text of the entire Mabinogi and the rest of Middle Welsh literature.
The Preface gives some advice on how to use Reading Middle Welsh. The rest of the text can be reached either from there or directly via the Table of Contents. Your comments are welcome on any aspect of the text or its presentation.
We are making Reading Middle Welsh freely available online in the hope that it will be useful to others, both teachers and students, who love language as its author did. Please consider donating what you would have paid for a printed version to the Gareth Morgan Memorial Endowed Excellence Fund. The Fund provides financial assistance for summer language students.
If you teach Middle Welsh and would like to use Reading Middle Welsh in a class, please request permission, which will be granted gladly.