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Dr Paul Bryant-Quinn

Research interests

Research Interests

  • Religion and devotion in medieval Wales
  • The Bardic Order in the 15th‒ and 16th centuries
  • Welsh humanist literature
  • Quaker studies
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • The literature of travel in 19th‒century Wales
  • Wales and the Anglo‒Zulu War

In January 2013 Dr M. Paul Bryant-Quinn was appointed Associate Research Fellow to The Past in its Place: Histories of Memory in English and Welsh Locales, a research project funded by the European Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust and part of the College of Humanities Visual Culture initiative.

A graduate of universities in Rome, Wales and East Anglia, prior to his appointment in Exeter Dr Bryant-Quinn taught Welsh language and literature in Bangor (north Wales) and Aberystwyth; he has also given papers at conferences in the UK, Ireland and Canada. From 1996‒2006 he was a Research Fellow at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth, where he contributed four independently authored volumes to the Centre’s Poets of the Nobility project, as well as studies relating to medieval, Counter-Reformation, and modern Welsh literature. 

A particular focus of much of his academic work is the critical exploration of the interface between religion and literature, and he is currently preparing studies of the englynion to the Trinity preserved in the Cambridge University Library Juvencus (MS Ff.4.42, folio 1r); the ‘Anima Christi’ englynion attributed to Dafydd ap Gwilym; the poetry attributed to Siôn Cent; Welsh language books published in Italy and France, 1567‒1615; and the literature associated with the island of Enlli (Bardsey).

Dr Bryant-Quinn has also researched extensively sources in Welsh relating to the Anglo‒Zulu War of 1879, and following a grant from the Glamorgan County History Trust, is completing a study of letters in Welsh from soldiers serving in South Africa in 1878‒9.


Select Publications (1996 – present)


Apocryffa Siôn Cent, xviii + 120 pp., Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (Aberystwyth, 2004) ISBN 0 947531 07 6

Gwaith Ieuan ap Llywelyn Fychan, Ieuan Llwyd Brydydd a Lewys Aled, xx + 204 pp., Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (Aberystwyth, 2003) ISBN 0 947531 81 5

Gwaith Syr Phylib Emlyn, Syr Lewys Meudwy a Mastr Harri ap Hywel, xix + 164 pp., Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (Aberystwyth, 2001) ISBN 0 947531 26 2

Gwaith Ieuan Brydydd Hir, xx + 209 pp., Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (Aberystwyth, 2000) ISBN 0 947531 75 0


Chapters, articles and monographs

‛Addoli’r Grog’, Llên Cymru 35 (2012) ISSN 0076 0188

‛‟Aur yw pris y wisg”: Llywelyn ap Morgan a’r grog yn Aberhonddu’, Dwned 16 (2010) ISSN 1361 360

‛‟Bro Wych Annwyl”: Cywydd Siôn Cent i Frycheiniog’, Dwned 9 (2008) ISSN 1361 360

‟Holi’n hir yn y tir tywyll”, Cof ac Arwydd[:] Ysgrifau Newydd ar Waldo Williams, ed. Damian Walford Davies and Jason Walford Davies (Llandybïe, 2006) ISBN 1 900437 87 2

_______, and Bill Cainan, ‘25B/312 Private Owen Ellis’, British Army Review (Summer edition), 2005

‛Chwedl Siôn Cent’, pp. 1–31, Cof Cenedl XX, ed. Geraint H. Jenkins (2005) ISBN 1 84323 463 7

Contributor to: Diwylliant Gweledol Cymru: Gweledigaeth Yr Oeseodd Canol / Visual Culture of Wales: Medieval Vision gol./ed. Peter Lord (Aberystwyth, 2003) ISBN 0 7083 1802 9

‛Ailystyried Englynion yr Offeren gan Ddafydd ap Gwilym’, Dwned (2002) ISSN 1361 360

[Review] Y Drych Kristnogawl (gol. Geraint Bowen), Llên Cymru 25 (2002) ISSN 0076 0188

‛Y Mab o Emlyn: Syr Phylib Emlyn a’i Waith’, Ceredigion 14 (1999) ISSN 0069 2263

‛Cymaint Serch i Gymru’: Gruffydd Robert, Morys Clynnog a’r Athrawaeth Gristnogawl (1568), 27 pp., Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (Aberystwyth, 1998) ISBN 0 947531 40 8

‛Adeiledd Dioddefaint: Sylwadau ar Rai Themâu yn yr Ail Gainc’, Ysgrifau Beirniadol 23, ed. J.E. Caerwyn Williams (Dinbych, 1998) ISBN 0 7074 0304 9

‛‟Enaid y Gwir Oleuni”: y Grog yn Aberhonddu’, Dwned 2 (1996) ISSN 1361 360


Encyclopedia articles

Gwyddoniadur Cymru yr Academi Gymreig / The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales, gol./ed. John Davies, Menna Baines et al. (Caerdydd / Cardiff, 2008) ISBN 0 708319 54 8; 0 708319 53 6

(articles in English and Welsh on Morys Clynnog, William Davies, Rhisiart Gwyn, Robert Jones, The Catholic Martyrs, Hugh Owen, Hugh Owen [John Hughes], Lewis Owen, Nicholas Owen, John Roberts)

Encyclopedia of Celtic Culture and History, ed. John Koch et al. (Santa Barbara, CA, 2006) ISBN 1 85109 440 7

(articles on Siôn Cent, Meilyr Brydydd,  Enlli (Bardsey), Waldo Williams)