Native Law and the Church in Medieval Wales

Hardcover | March 1, 1994

byHuw Pryce

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This is the first full scholarly study of the relationship between native secular law and the church in medieval Wales. The interaction was close, despite Archbishop Pecham's condemnation of native law as the work of the devil. Huw Pryce assesses the influence of the church on Welsh law, examining the participation of churchmen in the composition of lawbooks and the administration of legal processes and analysing ecclesiastical criticism of native customs, notably those concerning marriage. He considers the extent towhich Welsh law defended the authority and possessions of the church, focusing in particular on the status of clerics and on rights of sanctuary and lordship. The book throws revealing new light on both the law and the church in Wales in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. As a study of the impact of ecclesiastical reform on a society perceived by some contemporaries as barbarian and immoral this scholarly and lucid account makes an importantcontribution to medieval history.

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This is the first full scholarly study of the relationship between native secular law and the church in medieval Wales. The interaction was close, despite Archbishop Pecham's condemnation of native law as the work of the devil. Huw Pryce assesses the influence of the church on Welsh law, examining the participation of churchmen in th...

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This is the first full scholarly study of the relationship between native secular law and the Church in medieval Wales. The interaction was close, despite Archbishop Pecham's condemnation of native law as the work of the devil. Huw Pryce assesses the influence of the Church on Welsh law, examining the participation of churchmen in the ...

Huw Pryce is a Lecturer in History at University College of North Wales, Bangor.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:306 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198203624

ISBN - 13:9780198203629

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`Dr Pryce's knowledge of the sources for medieval Welsh history, Cyfraith Hywel not excepted, is enviable ... Of its overall quality there can be no doubt.'Dafydd Walters, History, Vol. 81