Seals and SocietyMedieval Wales, the Welsh Marches and their English border region

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Type Edited book
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCardiff
PublisherGwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press
Number of pages352
ISBN (Electronic)9781783168729, 9781783168736, 9781783168743
ISBN (Print)9781783168712 , 1783168714, 9781783168750
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2016
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Abstract

Seals and Society arises from a major project investigating seals and their use in medieval Wales, the Welsh March and neighbouring counties in England. The first major study of seals in the context of one part of medieval Western European society, the volume also offers a new perspective on the history of medieval Wales and its periphery by addressing a variety of themes in terms of the insight that seals can offer the historian. Though the present study suggests important regional distinctions in the take-up of seals in medieval Wales, it is also clear that seal usage increased from the later twelfth century and spread widely in Welsh society, especially in those parts of Wales neighbouring England or where there had been an early English incursion. Through a series of chapters, the authors examine the ways in which seals can shed light on the legal, administrative, social and economic history of the period in Wales and its border region. Seals provide unique insights into the choices individuals, men and women, made in representing themselves to the wider world, and this issue is examined closely. Supported by almost 100 images gathered by the project team, the volume is of great interest to those working on seals, their motifs, their use and developments in their usage over the high and later Middle Ages.