Professor of Welsh History
Huw Pryce has extensive interests in the history of Wales. He is co-editor of the Welsh History Review and one of the editors of Boydell’s monograph series Studies in Celtic History. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. Professor Pryce has published widely on medieval Wales, including an edition of the documents issued by native Welsh rulers, and organized biannual colloquia on medieval Wales at Bangor since 2004. In addition he is interested in the historiography of Wales, the subject of his most recent book: a study of the historian John Edward Lloyd (1861–1947), who was Professor of History at Bangor and the author of the pioneering work A History of Wales from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest (1911).
- Gerald of Wales’s perception of the Welsh past.
- Medievalism in Victorian Wales (for the Eighth John V. Kelleher Lecture, Harvard University, October 2011).
Current Research Students
- Edwin Hustwit, ‘The Britons: power, identity and ethnicity, 350–1000’
- Owain Jones, ‘Brut y Brenhinedd, Brut y Tywysogyon a hanesyddiaeth Gymreig yr oesoedd canol’ (Brut y Brenhinedd, Brut y Tywysogyon and medieval Welsh historiography)
- Danna Messer, ‘Marital alliances and influential opportunities: women’s access to agency in medieval Wales, 1100–1300’
- Euryn Roberts, ‘Hunaniaeth ranbarthol yng Nghymru, c.1100–c.1300’ (Regional identity in Wales, c.1100–c.1300)
- Wales: Princes to Tudors (convener and contributor)
- Cymru: Tywysogion i Duduriaid (convener and contributor)
- Apocalypse Then (contributor)
- Reinventing the Middle Ages
- Princely Wales: Kingship, Conflict and Culture in the Twelfth Century (Special Subject)
- The Age of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth 1194-1240
- Documents and Sources for Medieval and Early Modern History (convener and contributor)
- Themes and Issues in History (convener and contributor)
- Initiating a Research Project
Key and Recent Publications
Full list of publications
- 2011 J. E. Lloyd and the Creation of Welsh History: Renewing a Nation’s Past, University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
- 2009 ‘Robert Rees Davies 1938–2005’, Proceedings of the British Academy, 161, 135–55.
- 2009 ‘Conversions to Christianity’, in Pauline Stafford (ed.), A Companion to the Early Middle Ages: Britain and Ireland c.500–1100, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 143–59.
- 2008 ‘R. Allen Brown Memorial Lecture: The Normans in Welsh History’, in C. P. Lewis (ed.), Anglo-Norman Studies XXX, Boydell, Woodbridge, 1–18.
- 2007 (Co-editor with John Watts), Power and Identity in the Middle Ages: Essays in Memory of Rees Davies, Oxford University Press.
- 2007 Hynafiaid: Hil, Cenedl a Gwreiddiau’r Cymry. Darlith Goffa Syr Thomas Parry-Williams 2006 [Ancestors: Race, Nation and the Origins of the Welsh. Sir Thomas Parry-Williams Memorial Lecture 2006], Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth.
- 2006 Tywysogion [Princes] (with contributions by Richard Wyn Jones and Spencer Smith), Hughes a’i Fab/S4C, Cardiff.
- 2005 (Editor, with the assistance of Charles Insley), The Acts of Welsh Rulers 1120-1283, University of Wales Press, Cardiff (repr.2010).
- 2005 ‘Uses of the vernacular in the acts of Welsh rulers, 1120–1283’, in O. Guyotjeannin (ed.), La langue des actes: actes du XIe congrès international de diplomatique (Troyes, jeudi 11-samedi 13 septembre 2003) (on-line publication by École nationale des chartes, Paris: http://elec.enc.sorbonne.fr/document180.html)
- 2004 ‘Modern nationality and the medieval past: the Wales of John Edward Lloyd’, in R. R. Davies and G. H. Jenkins (eds.), From Medieval to Modern Wales: Historical Essays in Honour of Kenneth O. Morgan and Ralph A. Griffiths, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 14–29.
- 2001 ‘British or Welsh? National identity in twelfth-century Wales’, English Historical Review, 116, 775–801.
- 2000 ‘Lawbooks and literacy in medieval Wales’, Speculum, 75, 29–67.
- 1998 (Editor) Literacy in Medieval Celtic Societies, Cambridge University Press.
- 1996 (Co-editor with Nerys Ann Jones) Yr Arglwydd Rhys [The Lord Rhys], University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
- 1993 Native Law and the Church in Medieval Wales, Clarendon Press, Oxford.