Medieval Welsh Genealogy
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545 Pages

24 x 17 cm

24 line. Illustrations

Series: Studies in Celtic History

Imprint: Boydell Press

Medieval Welsh Genealogy

An Introduction and Textual Study

by Ben Guy

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First in-depth investigation of the genealogies of medieval Wales, bringing out their full significance.
Genealogy was a central element of life in medieval Wales. It was the force that held society together and the framework for all political action. For these reasons, genealogical writing in medieval Wales, as elsewhere in Europe,became a fundamental tool for representing and manipulating perceptions of the socio-political order across historical and literary time. From its beginnings within an early medieval Insular genre of genealogical writing, Welsh genealogy developed across the Middle Ages as a unique and pervasive phenomenon.
This book provides the first integrated study of and comprehensive introduction to genealogy in medieval Wales, setting it in the context of genealogical writing from Ireland, England and beyond and tracing its evolution from the eighth to the sixteenth century. The three most important collections of secular genealogies are carefully analysed and their composition is considered in relation to medieval Welsh politics. Particular attention is devoted to the pedigrees of the kings and princes of Gwynedd, which were subject to many intricate alterations over time. The book also includes fresh criticaleditions of the most significant extant collections of secular genealogy.
1. Medieval Welsh Genealogy and its Contexts
2. The Earliest Welsh Genealogical Collections: The St Davids Recension and the Gwynedd Collection of Genealogies
3. A Southern Genealogical Anthology: The Jesus 20 Genealogie
4. Reframing the Welsh Past in Early Thirteenth-Century Gwynedd: The Llywelyn ab Iorwerth Genealogies
5. The Pedigrees of the Kings of Gwynedd
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Appendix A: Supporting Material
Appendix B: Editions
Acknowledgements
Bibliography

Dr BEN GUY is a Junior Research Fellow at Robinson College, Cambridge.

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Title Details

545 Pages

2.4 x 1.7 cm

24 line. Illustrations

Series: Studies in Celtic History

Imprint: Boydell Press