Category Archives: Ancient Welsh Law

Inventing a Seventh-Century Welsh Court

Or: Playing fast and Loose with the Laws of Court of Hywel Dda. Hywel Dda (the Good) lived from 880-950 and the laws associated with his name were presumably written some time in the first half of the tenth century. … Continue reading

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Women and Land Ownership

As so often seems to be the case, our sources for women’s rights in Anglo-Saxon England are very much better than our sources for women’s rights in early medieval Wales. However, there are some law codes to draw upon for … Continue reading

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Secondary sources for early medieval Wales

Even the briefest stint of Googling will alert anyone browsing for the early medieval history of the British Isles to the sad fact that: while there are umpteen sources for Anglo-Saxon England (good, good), quite a few that focus on … Continue reading

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Did Breguswith Kill Hereric?

The story that I am writing concerns a real murder, which took place in the early 7th century in the British kingdom of Elmet. This murder is unusual (the whole genre of crime fiction notwithstanding) because we don’t know who … Continue reading

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