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The Welsh and the Medieval World

Travel, Migration and Exile

How did the Welsh travel beyond their geographical borders in the Middle Ages? What did they do, what did they take with them, and what did they bring back?
The first book to study the medieval Welsh on the move, The Welsh and the Medieval World offers a multidisciplinary entry point into Welsh migration and showcases a bold new generation of Welsh historians. Edited by historian Patricia Skinner, this book is an exploration of identity within and outside the Welsh territories. Deep considerations of the Welsh abroad draw upon wider concepts of nationhood, diaspora, and colonization; economic migration; gender relations; and the pursuit of educational, religious, and cultural opportunities. Contributors ask whether there is anything specifically “Welsh” about the experiences of medieval migrants and correspondents, and they study how these medieval experiences contribute to the broader history of emigration and exchange.
Examining archaeological, historical, and literary evidence together, The Welsh and the Medieval World enables a better understanding of the ways in which people from Wales interacted with and understood their near and distant neighbours.

336 pages | 14 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2017

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"This fascinating collection explores how widely the medieval Welsh extended their influence and travelled not only within Britain, but to France, Rome and Jerusalem. Examining gender roles, ethnicity and cultural exchange, it shows the medieval Welsh as part of Catholic European society, who yet maintained a distinctive identity."

Professor Helen J. Nicholson, Cardiff University

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
List of figures, tables and appendices
List of contributors
Welsh diaspora history: reinstating the pre-modern
Patricia Skinner
Part I: Wales and the Neighbours
1 Moving from Wales and the west in the fifth century: isotope evidence for eastward migration in Britain
Janet Kay
2 Emma d’Audley and the clash of laws in thirteenth-century northern Powys
Emma Cavell
3 Migration and integration: Welsh secular clergy in England in the fifteenth century
Rhun Emyln
4 ‘A vice common in Wales’: abduction, prejudice and the search for justice in the regional and central courts of early Tudor society
Deborah Youngs
Part II: Wales, Europe and the World
5 Welsh pilgrims and crusaders in the Middle Ages
Kathryn Hurlock
6 Welsh-French diplomacy in the Middle Ages
Gideon Brough
7 Documents relevant to Wales before the Edwardian conquest in the Vatican archives
Bryn Jones
8 Wales and the wider world: the soldiers’ perspective
Adam Chapman
9 The mixed jury in Wales: a preliminary inquiry into ethno-religious administration and conflict resolution in the medieval world, c. 1100-1350 CE
Michael Hill

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