Principality and March: Government and Law

Glanmor Williams

in Renewal and Reformation

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780192852779
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670558 | DOI:

Series: History of Wales

Principality and March: Government and Law

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Wales was divided into two parts in the twelfth century. It was divided between the Principality and the March, the latter comprising a number of individual jurisdictions and lordships, within which the King’s writ did not run. During this period, the Principality was a dual entity: the three north-western shires, and the two south-western shires. Alongside the Principality, the March continued in existence. This chapter discusses one of the more interesting features of the legal scene in the Principality and the March — the willingness of the Crown and the Marcher lords to allow the provisions and the practice of Welsh law to be applied, if it appeared to be in their interest — usually financial — to do so. Also discussed in this chapter are the new developments in Wales during the fifteenth century such as the redeeming of the sessions of justices.

Keywords: Wales; twelfth century; Principality; March; Crown; Marcher lords; Welsh law

Chapter.  11495 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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