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Patterns of Power in Early Wales$
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Wendy Davies

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201533.001.0001

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Patterns of Power in Early Wales
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Wendy Davies

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201533.003.0001

This book is about the concepts and practice of power in Wales in the early middle ages. It investigates and explores the nature of political authority in pre-Conquest Wales. In this chapter, questions related to the fundamental problems involving the varying qualities of power over men, and over land, are considered. The chapter investigates the distinction between power over men and power over land and that between power over property and power over a ‘rulerdom’, and it assesses how far they coincided. It considers the meaning of terms such as rule, power, and dominance.

Keywords:   power, Wales, early middle ages, political authority, land, men, property, rule, dominance

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