Power, place and territory in early medieval South-East Wales

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Seaman, A. 2019. Power, place and territory in early medieval South-East Wales. in: Carroll, J., Reynolds, A. and Yorke, B. (ed.) Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages Oxford Oxford University Press.
AuthorsSeaman, A.
EditorsCarroll, J., Reynolds, A. and Yorke, B.
Abstract

Wales provides a rare opportunity to explore the development of an early medieval socio-political landscape in a part of the western Roman Empire which was not subject to Germanic incursion before the eleventh century. South-east Wales is particularly important in this respect as it lies within the Romanized zone of lowland Britain. A lack of early evidence, however, has led scholars to construct anachronistic interpretations which are overly dependent upon evidence drawn from lawbooks of the thirteenth century. Archaeological evidence and documentary sources from south-east Wales do, however, afford an opportunity to explore the organization and exploitation of the early medieval landscape independently of the lawbooks. This paper examines territorial organization, central places, and long-term political continuity in early medieval south-east Wales. It concludes by considering some of the contrasts between patterns of power in south-east Wales and Anglo-Saxon England.

Year2019
Book titlePower and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages
PublisherOxford University Press
Output statusPublished
Place of publicationOxford
SeriesProceedings of the British Academy
ISBN9780197266588
ISSN0068-1202
Publication dates
Print31 Oct 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited02 May 2017
Submitted23 Feb 2017
Accepted15 Jun 2018
JournalPower and Place in Early Medieval Europe
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