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R. R. Davies

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208785

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208785.001.0001

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The Governance of Native Wales

The Governance of Native Wales

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(p.252) Chapter 9 The Governance of Native Wales
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The Age of Conquest
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R. R. Davies

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208785.003.0011

Kingship was an ancient institution in Wales as in the rest of Europe; but there was still much that was vague about its status and authority. The kings or princes of Wales had no formal or consistent titles; often, indeed, they used no title at all, there was no known inauguration ceremony to install them in office; there was little coherent theory on the status and dignity of kingship to which they could appeal. Some attempt now appears to have been made to remedy this deficiency. The native law-texts, first assembled in their present form in the late twelfth or early thirteenth centuries, may well have formed part of that campaign. They certainly have a strong royalist flavour: they extol the role of kings in making and reforming law.

Keywords:   kingship, status, authority, Wales, Europe, kings, princes, titles, law-texts

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