THE MEDIEVAL WELSH IDEA OF LAW by DAFYDD JENKINS (Aberystwyth)* I. Introductory remarks Medieval Welsh Law continued to be applied, to a degree varying, greatly from place to place and from subject to subject, after the 'Edwardian Conquest' of 1282 (which was followed by the Statute of Wales of 1284, under which many rules of English law and procedure were introduced to that part of Wales which came to be known as the Principality), until the Act of Union (now officially the Laws in Wales Act 1535) made the whole body of English law operative through- out Wales in 1536. Our knowledge of the native system is derived almost exclu- sively from the surviving manuscript lawbooks, prepared either for practition- ers' use or as library volumes for the authorities of church or state; of these some forty (six in Latin, the rest in Welsh) were written while Welsh law was still in force to some extent. All the manuscripts differ at least slightly from each other, and the work of es- tablishing the relation of those in Welsh is still unfinished. There are a few col- lections of miscellaneous legal material without any apparent overall plan, but the
The Legal History Review / Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d'Histoire du Droit – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1981
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