Dr. Sara Elin Roberts : Project Leader
Dr Sara Elin Roberts is a legal historian whose work on medieval Welsh law is a valuable and acknowledged contribution to the field.
Educated at Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni, Anglesey, she won the Richard Hughes Scholarship to study at the University of Wales, Bangor, where she achieved first class honours in Welsh and History. She won the J. B. Davies Scholarship to St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she gained an M.St. in Historical Research (Medieval): she studied under Professor R. R. Davies and Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards, concentrating on Welsh law and the law of the March. Funded by the AHRB, she undertook research for her doctorate in Celtic at Jesus College, Oxford, on the legal triads and fifteenth-century aspects of medieval Welsh law. University of Wales Press published her pioneering study of the legal triads in 2007, The Legal Triads of Medieval Wales. It was awarded the David Yale Prize by the Selden Society for a distinguished contribution to the study of the laws and legal institutions of England and Wales; and also the Hywel Dda Prize by the Board of Celtic Studies for her contribution to the field of Welsh law.
As a member of a number of academic societies, Sara Elin Roberts is regularly invited to give public lectures both in Britain and abroad on various aspects of Wales in the middle ages.
Her main interests are medieval Wales, legal history, in particular later, fifteenth-century developments in medieval Welsh law and the training and learning of the medieval Welsh lawyer. She is also an authority on medieval Welsh poetry, in particular the work of Dafydd ap Gwilym, as the editor of the bardic debate for www.dafyddapgwilym.net.
Bryn Jones : Research Assistant
Bryn Jones is originally from Anglesey, and he studied at Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni. He went on to King’s College, Cambridge, and graduated in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic in 2006. He won the Bedwyr Lewis-Jones memorial scholarship to study in the School of Welsh, University of Bangor where he presented an M.A. thesis on the uses of the medieval chronicle Brut y Tywysogion by the Tudor chronicler Elis Gruffudd. Formerly lecturer in Welsh at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, and he is currently studying for a doctorate at the University of St. Andrews, under the supervision of Alex Woolf. Apart from his work on the Cyfraith Hywel project, Bryn specializes in the history and literature of medieval Wales, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between Wales and the Welsh and Rome, the Papacy and church history.