Power and Identity in the Middle Ages: Essays in Memory of Rees Davies

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Lecturer in History Huw Pryce, Huw Pryce, John Watts, R. R. Davies
OUP Oxford, 2007 M07 12 - 283 pages
Collecting sixteen thought-provoking new essays by leading medievalists, this volume celebrates the work of the late Rees Davies. Reflecting Davies' interest in identities, political culture and the workings of power in medieval Britain, the essays range across ten centuries, looking at a variety of key topics. Issues explored range from the historical representations of peoples and the changing patterns of power and authority, to the notions of 'core' and 'periphery' and the relationship between local conditions and international movements. The political impact of words and ideas, and the parallels between developments in Wales and those elsewhere in Britain, Ireland and Europe are also discussed. Appreciations of Rees Davies, a bibliography of his works, and Davies' own farewell speech to the History Faculty at the University of Oxford complete this outstanding tribute to a much-missed scholar.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Appreciations
5
2 Secular Power and Authority in the Middle Ages
11
The Mental and Physical Geography of Medieval Europe
23
4 Welsh Rulers and European Change c11001282
37
5 Bede and the Unchosen Race
52
6 The Early Middle Ages and Spanish Identity
68
7 Normanizing the English Invaders of Ireland
85
the Ebb Tide of the English Empire?
153
12 The Charterhouse of Cadzand and the Serendipities of Empire
164
A Comparative View
181
14 Cheshire and Wales
195
15 Crossing the Frontiers of the English Realm in the Fifteenth Century
211
Power and Politics During the Wars of the Roses
226
The Changing Meaning of the Commons 13811549
242
18 A Farewell Speech
261

8 Lordship and Society in Twelfthcentury Clydesdale
98
9 Lordship and Liberties in Ireland and Wales c1170c1360
125
The Common Lawyers and the Law of Wales
139
A Bibliography of the Published Writings of Rees Davies
264
Index
275
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Huw Pryce is a Professor of Welsh History, University of Wales, Bangor. John Watts is a Fellow and Tutor in History, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

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