“By The Authority Of The Devil”: The Operation of Welsh and English Law in Medieval Wales

  • Sara Elin Roberts
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


In his Hartwell Jones Memorial Lecture of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion in 1961, T. Jones Pierce set out an imaginary scenario where Welsh law had continued to develop, and was recognized alongside English and Scots law in the House of Lords:

… the potentialities of Welsh law in the thirteenth century suggest that we could have ended with three systems of jurisprudence in these islands. In which case we might today have had a distinguished specialist in Welsh law sitting alongside his English and Scottish brethren (as Lord of appeal in ordinary) in the supreme court of the United Kingdom.1


Thirteenth Century Legal Concept Supreme Court Latin Text Honourable Society 
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