The Laws of Court

Texts from the Laws of Court

Usually the first part of the lawbooks, following the prologue, and the longest section in the lawbooks. The section discusses the king’s daily court, and includes a list of the 24 officers who assist him, their rights and their responsibilities. Another sections sometimes included in the Laws of Court discusses hunting, the royal sport. It is likely that this section was already dated by the time of the earliest manuscripts, and had probably fallen out of use: it is a description of the ultimate court, but it does emphasize the royal status of the laws.
(c)Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

(c)Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

*Charles-Edwards, T. M., M. Owen, and P. Russell (eds.), The Welsh King and His Court (Cardiff, 2000).

Charles-Edwards, T. M., ‘The Heir-apparent in Irish and Welsh Law’, Celtica 9 (1971), 180-90.

Charles-Edwards, T. M., ‘Early Medieval Kingships in the British Isles’, in S. Bassett (ed.), The Origins of Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms (London, 1989), 28–39.

Cule, J., ‘The Court Mediciner and Medicine in the Laws of Wales’, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 21 (1966), 213-236.

Edwards, J. Goronwy, ‘The Royal Household and the Welsh Lawbooks’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 5th ser, 13 (1963), 163-76.

Fife, J., ‘Legal Aspects of the Hunting-Scene in Pwyll’, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 39 (1992), 71-79.

Jenkins, D., ‘Distain’, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 22 (1966-68), 127-28.

Jenkins, D., ‘Kings, Lords, and Princes: The Nomenclature of Authority in Thirteenth-Century Wales’, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 26 (1974-76), 451-462.

Jenkins, D., ‘Cynghellor and Chancellor’, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 27 (1976-78), 115-118.

Jenkins, D., ‘Pencerdd a Bardd Teulu’, in Ysgrifau Beirniadol 14 (1988), 19-44.

Johnston, N., ‘An Investigation into the Locations of the Royal Courts of Thirteenth-century Gwynedd’, in N. Edwards (ed.), Landscape and Settlement in Medieval Wale (Oxford, 1997), 41-69.

Larson, L. M., The King’s Household in England Before the Norman Conquest (Wisconsin, 1904).

Owen, M. E., ‘Bwrlwm Llys Dinefwr: Brenin, Bardd a Meddyg’, Carmarthenshire Antiquary 32 (1996), 5-15.


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