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Seals and Society

Seals and Society

Phillipp R. Schofield | John McEwan | Elizabeth New | Sue Johns


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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.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Title Page iii
Copyright iv
Contents v
Acknowledgements vii
List of figures ix
List of maps and tables xiii
List of abbreviations xv
Introduction 1
1. Seals in Medieval Wales and its Neighbouring Counties: Trends in Motifs 13
2. Seals: Administration and Law 35
3. Seals and Exchange 49
4. Ecclesiastical Seals 61
5. Seals and Lordship 77
6. Seals, Women, Gender and Identity 91
7. Seals as Expressions of Identity 105
Conclusion 121
Appendix 127
Bibliography 327
Index 341
Back Cover 359