The sad news came this week on Arthurnet that Dr. Rachel Bromwich passed away peacefully on December 15th at the age of 95. An emeritus reader at Cambridge’s Department of of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic she influenced generations of scholars. She began focusing on medieval Welsh literature in the 1930s and continued publishing through the most recent edition of her best known work Trioedd Ynys Prydein (The Welsh Triads) in 2005.
Rachel Bromwich‘s impact on Old and Middle Welsh literature can’t be underestimated. Through Trioedd Ynys Prydein she became a standard resource for the study of nearly all Old Welsh literature. The appendix of her Trioedd Ynys Prydein became a de facto encyclopedia for most historic and legendary figures of Old Welsh literature. She had a long-standing interest in Arthurian literature co-editing authoritative editions of Culwhch and Olwen in Welsh and English with D. Simon Evans. She was also a co-editor of The Arthur of the Welsh: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval Welsh Literature, an anthology of scholarly essays on the major Arthurian works from medieval Wales that is really critical for anyone interested in the topic to read. She also produced several articles and books on medieval Welsh poet Dafydd ap Gwilym.
May she rest in peace and may students in this digital age continue to look up her works for many years to come.