Now republished with minor corrections, this quantity offers the 1st entire choice of charters, letters and different records issued by way of local rulers of Wales from the early 12th century to the Edwardian conquest of 1282–3 that extinguished self sustaining rule. It thereby makes extra available than ever earlier than a key physique of resource fabric for the learn of medieval Wales in the course of ‘the age of the princes’ – an period of struggles for strength via local rulers either between themselves and with Marcher lords and the English crown.
The variation includes 618 records, of which 444 live on as texts, whereas the remainder 174 are identified simply from mentions in different assets. The texts, just about all in Latin, are edited to trendy scholarly criteria and supplied with complete English summaries in addition to notes on person issues of aspect comparable to individuals and areas pointed out. insurance is deliberately large. The time period ‘ruler’ has been utilized to individuals not just of the dominant dynasties of Deheubarth, Powys and, exceptionally, Gwynedd but in addition of teenage dynasties equivalent to these of Arwystli or Senghennydd; and, in an international the place political strength used to be usually contested and fragmented, to members inside each one dynasty who exercised a few degree of authority, even though restricted geographically or temporally. Likewise, the version contains all recognized records issued as expressions of a ruler’s will, together with petitions and documents of decisions in addition to charters, letters patent and correspondence with different rulers, significantly kings of britain but additionally kings of France, popes and different churchmen. additionally, agreements with the English crown and different 3rd events are released without reference to whether or not they live to tell the tale in ratifications issued via the Welsh ruler concerned.