The Celtic Literature Collective

Nennius' Alphabet
Bodl. Auct. F. 4.32, f.20 r

Nemnius invented these letters, when a certain Saxon scholar jeered at the Britons for not having an alphabet of their own. So he suddenly devised them out of his own head, in order to refute the charge of stupidity brought against his nation. The figures and names follow:

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Derolez, R. Runica Manuscripta: The English Tradition. Bruges, Belgium: University of Ghent, 1954.

Williams, Ifor. "Notes on Nennius." BBCS. v.7. Cardiff: UoW Press, 1935. pp.380-383.

--------------- "The Nennian Preface: A Possible Emendation." BBCS. v.8. Cardiff: UoW Press, 1935. pp.342-44