View Manuscripts

Go back in time and walk in the footsteps of our ancestors through these digital versions of some of the Library's greatest treasures.

Read through some of the most important and influential manuscripts in Welsh history. From the laws that shaped the Wales of the middle ages, to inspiring magazines created by Welsh prisoners of war during the Second World War.

The manuscripts section is split into four broad periods for ease of use: The Early Ages (–800), The Middle Ages (c. 800–1500), Early Modern Period (c. 1500–1800), Modern Period (c. 1800-)

The Early Age

The Oxyrhyncus Papyri (NLW MS 4738D) 3 ancient Egyptian fragments of papyrus (113 AD-4th cent.)

The Middle Ages

Laws of Hywel Dda, Black Book of Carmarthen, The Battles of Alexander the Great...

Early Modern Period

Elis Gruffudd's Chronicle, History of the Gwydir family, Early tourists...

Modern Period

Register of criminals, Dylan Thomas and the map of Llareggub, Prisoner of war camp magazines...