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Law of Hywel Dda: Law Texts of Medieval Wales (Welsh Classics) Hardcover – Dec 1986


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  • Hardcover: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Gomer Press; New edition edition (Dec. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863832776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863832772
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,360,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Dark Ages the several kingdoms (some of them very small ones) which made up Wales each had their systems of law whose origins lay in some obscure tribal past. According to tradition, all those varying laws were brought together by Hywel ap Cadell, 'Hywel Dda' or Hywel the Good, who became king over nearly all Wales in 942. The body of law, known as the Law of Hywel Dda, which derives from those early origins, comes down to us in manuscript sources dating from the early 13th century. It was carefully preserved and perpetually adapted to changing circumstances by a skilled profession of lay jurists, and was in daily use virtually until the Tudor Union of Wales with England in 1536. In a composite text, Emeritus Professor Dafydd Jenkins presents a lucid and accurate translation that pays tribute to the original authorship, to the intrinsic literary quality of lawyers' prose. Concentrating mainly on the classical law of the thirteenth century found in the 'Iorwerth Redaction', the text is supported by an Introduction and Notes that will fascinate and instruct general reader and legal historian alike.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "keeneenk47" on 3 Dec. 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a beginning student of medieval Welsh history and literature, I found the idea of delving into a law text quite intimidating. But Jenkins does an excellent job translating and editing this volume, pulling the most interesting pieces from each of the redactions. His introduction is an excellent overview of the text and a must-read for anyone beginning the laws' rewarding study.
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By Lenny on 26 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
A must have for anybody who is serious about learning about the legal history of Wales
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KathleenCameron on 18 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my university studies but it arrived too late for it to be of any use however this was the only book i could find on this subject and it seems to be extensively researched and very well put together. although i havent read it yet i would think that it is a must have for all Welsh medieval students.
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A unique window into the medieval Welsh mind 1 Jan. 2007
By G. R. Grove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Medieval Welsh law sounds like a dull, dry subject, but it is in fact a unique window into the medieval Welsh mind. In showing the rights, responsibilities, possessions, and values of the people of this time (roughly 10th through 13th century), it gives a picture more detailed and intimate than mere lists of battles and kings.
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