3 edition of Welsh medieval law found in the catalog.
Welsh medieval law
by Clarendon Press in Oxford
Includes index to the Welsh text.
|Statement||by A. W. Wade-Evans.|
|Contributions||Howel, Welsh king, d. 950., Wade-Evans, Arthur W., 1875-|
|LC Classifications||LAW |
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xcvi, 395 p.|
|Number of Pages||395|
|LC Control Number||10002929|
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Medieval Welsh literature is the literature written in the Welsh language during the Middle includes material starting from the 5th century AD, when Welsh was in the process of becoming distinct from Common Brittonic, and continuing to the works of the 16th century.
The Welsh language became distinct from other dialects of Old British sometime between AD. Welsh law, the native law of Wales. Although increasingly superseded by English law after the 13th century, Welsh law has been preserved in lawbooks that represent important documents of medieval Welsh prose.
The traditional name given to Welsh law is Cyfraith Hywel, or Law of Howel. Howel Dda ( Laws of Hywel Dda. The 'Laws of Hywel Dda' is the term applied to a system of native Welsh law named after Hywel Dda (died ) who is credited with its codification. None of the surviving Welsh law manuscripts, however, is earlier than the second quarter of the 13th century.
The basis of criminal law in medieval welsh law was the “three columns of the law,” which were homicide, theft and arson.
In regards to homicide a killing had to be intentional for there to be punishment, and an unintentional killing would be resolved by compensation only. Hywel Dda (Hywel the Good) ruled Wales in the early s, one of the few Welsh kings to control the entire country.
He maintained peace with Wessex, to the point of minting coins in the English city of Chester. His laws were codifications and a consolidation of the common law in Wales at the time (meaning he didn’t create them out of whole cloth), and provided the .