The Legal History of Wales

Author(s): Thomas Glyn Watkin

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest

  • September 2012 · 368pages · 234x156mm

  • ·Paperback - 9780708325179
  • · eBook - epub - 9780708326404
  • · eBook - mobi - 9780708326411
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708325452

About The Book

The first comprehensive history of law in Wales from before the Romans to Devolution.


"This authoritative, scholarly, and very readable book captures Wales's legal identity through the course of history. It is a remarkable achievement, both in terms of depth and scope, and is essential reading not only for those interested in the nation's legal past, but for anyone wishing to understand the context for the legal and constitutional debates of contemporary Wales."--R. Gwynedd Parry, Swansea University 'This is an excellent book, which fills a definite gap. There is no comparable over-arching study of Welsh legal history from the earliest times to the present. The breadth of knowledge necessary to write such a book is rarely to be found in one individual.' Gwen Seabourne, Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol School of Law "This pioneering volume, clearly the result of very wide-ranging research and reading over many long years, fills a distinct gap...The breadth of scholarship is impressive...Professor Watkin evaluates with impeccable scholarship. The volume is provided with extremely full, detailed and genuinely helpful footnote references. There is also a most helpful glossary of the legal terms. This unique over-arching volume must be warmly welcomed as the first comprehensive account of Welsh legal history from pre-Roman times to the beginning of the twenty-first century. It will be warmly welcomed by professional academics and interested layman alike and will undoubtedly stand the test of time, hopefully inspiring further research in this rather neglected, complex field of study."J. Graham Jones, Planet'The Legal History of Wales is a thorough and comprehensive account of the legal history of Wales starting with the period prior to the Roman conquest and ending with the Government of Wales Act to bring us up to the present day. It is a fascinating work that provides a unique account of both law from a Welsh perspective and Wales from a legal perspective.'Nathan Gibbs, The Cambrian Law Review, Vol. 38


1. Pre-Roman Britain 2. Wales in the Roman Empire 3. The Sub-Roman Period 4. The Age of the Native Princes 5. The Norman Invasion and Edward I 6. The Later Middle Ages 7. The Tudors and the Union with England 8. The Age of the Great Sessions 9. The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 10 Devolution and After

About the Author(s)

Thomas Glyn Watkin

Thomas Glyn Watkin was, prior to his retirement, First Legislative Counsel to the Welsh Government, and formerly a Professor of Law at Cardiff and Bangor Law Schools.

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