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Welsh History Review


Vol. 2, nos. 1-4 1964-65

The marches lordship of South Wales 1415-1536 : Book review.

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the whole of his academic life in exile. As with all his other varied
ventures, the studies devoted to Welsh history (not least of all the many
review articles), though normally small in compass, are based on so
meticulous and penetrating an examination of fundamental problems
that entirely new vistas are opened up and illuminated by his magic
touch. This work is indeed a worthy tribute from a wide circle of admirers
including, apart from those who have participated directly in producing
it, several generations of students who have derived inspiration from
Sir Goronwy's labours.
Among those who have assisted Dr. Fryde in the task of transcribing
and editing were J. Beverley Smith, John le Patourel, and R. F. Walker.
Dr. Walker has also contributed to the Introduction a new summary
of Edward's campaign in which the evidence of the Book of Prests is
used with telling effect. It is, however, doubtful if Bere was relieved by
Arundel in the late autumn of 1294. The Book of Prests itself reveals
such intense activity in the neighbourhood of the castle during the early
summer of the following year that one is inclined towards E. A. Lewis's
belief that this event occurred about the middle of May 1295.
It should perhaps be added that, in addition to those already
mentioned, there are three other useful appendices including Edward's
itinerary during the period covered by the Book of Prests. A page of the
book is reproduced in facsimile together with a portrait of Sir Goronwy
Edwards in characteristic pose.
DOCUMENTS. Edited with Introduction by T. B. Pugh. University of
Wales Press, Cardiff, 1963. Pp. 326. 45s.
Would-be students of the subject who have consulted the Bibliography
of Welsh History, even in its revised edition, are likely to have been
surprised and dismayed by the paucity of literature available on the
history of the Marcher Lordships. For this reason, as well as because
of its inherent interest and merits, Mr. T. B. Pugh's book is most welcome.
It is not, of course, a full-blown study of the history of the Marcher
Lordships even of south Wales perhaps that eminently desirable
work will remain for ever elusive, because of the lack of adequate materials
and the great complexity of the theme. But it is a formidable contribution,
meticulous in scholarship, and makes available documents and
commentaries indispensable to future work in this field. The book is
divided into three distinct parts. Part I is devoted to 'The Great Sessions
in the Welsh Marcher Lordships in the later Middle Ages', and prints
four Assize Rolls and three other documents. Part II comprises 'Financial
Records of the Lordship of Newport', and prints twelve ministers' and
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