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Seals and Society

Medieval Wales, the Welsh Marches and their English Border Region

Distributed for University of Wales Press

Seals and Society

Medieval Wales, the Welsh Marches and their English Border Region

In the Middle Ages, the use of unique seals to authenticate and enclose documents began with royalty, and over the centuries the practice widened to include religious institutions, knights, and free citizens. Seals and Society arises from a major project investigating seals and their use in medieval Wales, the Welsh Marches, and neighbouring counties in England. P.R. Schofield, E. A. New, and S. M. Johns provide important new insights into the history of medieval Wales and the English border counties. A ground-breaking treatment of seals as historical documents, it offers a new perspective on the history of medieval Wales and its periphery by addressing a variety of themes in terms of the insight that seals can offer the historian.

352 pages | 81 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2016

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“This volume breaks new ground by providing the most comprehensive survey so far of seals used to authenticate documents in medieval Wales and its borders with England. Drawing on research that has identified almost 2,500 seals, the authors show how close study of these artefacts, attentive both to their particular form and to the contexts in which they were used, can offer fresh perspectives on many aspects of the history of medieval Wales. The result is an important contribution to our understanding of the significance of seals in the Middle Ages.”

Huw Pryce, Bangor University

“This is a fine achievement. Emanating from the Seals in Medieval Wales project, it shines new light on all aspects of sigillographic study, from design and motifs, symbolism, iconography, fashion and production, to seal usage in terms of both law and administration (including the church),  and expressions of personal and social identity. These four scholars, uniquely qualified for the task, have considerably advanced our knowledge of this subject and in doing so illuminated many aspects of the social history of Wales and the Marches.”

Peter Coss, Cardiff University

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of maps and tables
List of abbreviations
                Elizabeth A. New and Phillipp R. Schofield
1. Seals in Medieval Wales and its Neighbouring Counties: Trends in Motifs
                John A. McEwan
2. Seals: Administration and Law
                Phillipp R. Schofield
3. Seals and Exchange
                Phillipp R. Schofield
4. Ecclesiastical Seals
                Elizabeth A. New
5. Seals and Lordship
                Susan M. Johns
6. Seals, Women, Gender and Identity
                Susan M. Johns
7. Seals as Expressions of Identity
                Elizabeth A. New
                Elizabeth A. New and Phillipp R. Schofield
                Elizabeth A. New, John A. McEwan and Phillipp R. Schofield

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