The Welsh and the Medieval World

Travel, Migration and Exile

Editor(s): Patricia Skinner

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh and Celtic Studies

  • February 2018 · 336pages · 216x138mm

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About The Book

How did the Welsh travel beyond their geographical borders in the Middle Ages? What did they do, what did they take with them in their baggage, and what did they bring back? This book seeks for the first time to capture the medieval Welsh on the move, and core to its purpose is the exploration of identity within and outside the Welsh territories – particularly since ‘Welsh’ may have become a fluid term to describe a stranger, often pejoratively. The contributors also seek to explore the nature of ‘Welsh history’ as a discipline. How can a consideration of the Welsh abroad draw upon wider paradigms of nationhood, diaspora and colonisation; economic migration; gender relations; and the pursuit of educational, religious and cultural opportunities? Is there anything specifically ‘Welsh’ about the experiences of medieval migrants and correspondents? And what can the medieval experience of Welsh people exploring the then known world contribute to the longer-term history of emigration and exchange? Examining archaeological, historical and literary evidence together, this book enables a better understanding of the ways in which people from Wales interacted with and understood their near and distant neighbours.


‘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

‘Cyfrol eang ei gorwelion yw hon, ac mae’r casgliad o naw ysgrif sydd ynddi yn goleuo amryw agweddau ar gysylltiadau Cymru â’r byd ehangach dros gyfnod o ryw fil o flynyddoedd… Ym mhob pennod o’r gyfrol mae digon i ysgogi rhywun i feddwl ymhellach ac i weld sawl adlais o amgylchiadau cyfoes.’
– Athro Dafydd Johnston, Rhifyn Haf 2018 O’r Pedwar Gwynt


Introduction – Welsh Diaspora History: reinstating the premodern, Patricia Skinner
1. Moving from Wales and the west in 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 Identity: the movement of Welsh secular clergy in England in the fifteenth century. Rhun Emlyn
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
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 C.E.. Michael Hill

About the Editor(s)

Patricia Skinner

Patricia Skinner is a Professor in History at Swansea University. Her research focuses on minority groups in medieval Europe, and she is the author of Studying Gender in Medieval Europe: Historical Approaches (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

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