Acts of the Welsh Rulers, 1120-1283

First Edition

Edited by Huw Pryce

Edited by Huw Pryce

Distributed for University of Wales Press

902 pages | 9-4/5 x 6-9/10 | © 2005
Cloth $79.95 ISBN: 9780708318973 Published February 2005 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This volume provides the first comprehensive collection of charters, letters and other written acts issued by native rulers of Wales from the early twelfth century to the Edwardian conquest of 1282–3. It thereby makes more accessible than ever before a key body of source material for the study of medieval Wales during ‘the age of the princes’ – an era of struggles for power by native rulers both among themselves and with Marcher lords and the English crown. The documents assembled and analysed here illuminate a wide range of topics including political developments and concepts of authority in Wales, Anglo–Welsh relations, contacts with kings of France and the papacy, benefactions to religious houses, dispute settlement and uses of the written word in Welsh society.

The edition prints the surviving texts, almost all in Latin, of 444 documents, together with English summaries and explanatory notes, and also contains notices of a further 174 documents whose full texts have been lost. Coverage is broad, extending from the major dynasties of Gwynedd, Powys and Deheubarth to less powerful dynasties such as those of Arwystli in mid-Wales and Gwynllwg in the south-east. The significance of the material as a whole is assessed in a substantial Introduction. This outlines the history of each dynasty and territory whose rulers’ acts are included before analysing the textual transmission and diplomatic of the documents extant as texts and discussing the agencies responsible for their production.
List of Maps
List of Genealogical Tables
List of Tables
List of Plates
General Abbreviations and Conventions
Manuscript Sources Cited
Bibliography (including Bibliographical Abbreviations)
Index of Persons and Places
Index of Subjects
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