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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1607: The Anglo-Welsh Frontier in the Middle Ages, II

Thursday 9 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Liverpool Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Liverpool / Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, University of Manchester / Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester
Organiser:Marios Costambeys, Department of History, University of Liverpool
Moderator/Chair:Charles Insley, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester
Paper 1607-aWelsh Princes and English Wives: Emma d'Audley and the Clash of Laws in 13th-Century Northern Powys
(Language: English)
Emma Cavell, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Genealogy and Prosopography, Local History
Paper 1607-bOrbits of Power and Mental Geographies: North-East Wales and the Anglo-Welsh Frontier in the 12th and 13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Euryn Rhys Roberts, School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, Bangor University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Genealogy and Prosopography, Local History
Paper 1607-cThe Genetic Legacy of Medieval Kinship and Inheritance Laws: The Case of the Welsh Borderlands
(Language: English)
Andrew Grierson, Department of Neuroscience, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Genealogy and Prosopography, Local History

Paper -a examines the effects of Anglo-Welsh aristocratic marriage in the 13th century on widows’ recourse to law. It notes how the effects of conflicting legal cultures, divergent family expectations and Anglo-Welsh warfare shaped understanding of such cases on both sides. Paper -b looks at conceptions of territories in 12th- and 13th-century north-east Wales, arguing that the growing prominence of specific terms for and in north-east Wales - such as Perfeddwlad ('the middle country') - proclaimed new orbits of power and solidarities. Paper -c considers the striking genetic evidence of the legacy of medieval society in present day paternal lineages in northeast Wales which, in contrast with the bordering counties of England, suggest that up to 20% of men with paternal ancestry there share a single common ancestor in the medieval period. Using genetics, genealogy and historical research it identifies the earliest branching of this lineage, and examines the different mechanisms through which such paternal 'super-lineages' were formed.