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Lleision AP Morgan Makes an Impression: Seals and the Study of Medieval Wales

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Seals are a very important source of evidence for the social, political, economic and religious history of medieval Wales, but generally have received little attention from scholars. Drawing on the work of the recent Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Seals in Medieval Wales project, this article highlights their potential, and explores in detail the seals used by one Welsh noble family in Glamorgan in the context of the adoption of the seal as a means of documentary validation in medieval Wales and sealing practices amongst the native rulers and Anglo-Norman settlers of the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In particular, it demonstrates that, when considered in conjunction with a range of associated material, the principal motifs employed on seals can reveal fascinating and important insights into a rapidly changing society.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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  • Published by the University of Wales Press since its inception in 1960, The Welsh History Review / Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru is the most authoritative journal in its field. This twice-yearly journal is committed to publishing research on Welsh history, from medieval to modern. The internationally-renowned editorial board includes scholars from universities in Wales, the UK, Europe and the United States, whose collective breadth of knowledge contributes to a diverse range of cultural, social, political and economic history.

    Cyhoeddwyd The Welsh History Review / Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru gan Wasg Prifysgol Cymru ers sefydlu'r cyfnodolyn yn 1960. Hwn yw'r cyfnodolyn mwyaf awdurdodol yn ei faes, a'i brif hanfod yw arddangos amrywiaeth eang o feysydd ymchwil ym maes hanes Cymru, o'r canoloesol hyd at y modern. Ar y bwrdd golygyddol, ceir ysgolheigion o brifysgolion Cymru, y Deyrnas Unedig, Ewrop a'r Unol Daleithiau. Adlewyrchir arbenigeddau'r bwrdd yng nghynnwys y cyfnodolyn, sydd yn ymdrin â hanes diwylliannol, cymdeithasol, gwleidyddol ac economaidd.

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