Huw Pryce was educated at Jesus College, Oxford (BA 1979, DPhil 1985). He joined the staff at Bangor in 1981 and was appointed Professor of Welsh History in 2005. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. His doctoral thesis was on medieval Welsh law and the Church, and he has published widely on the history of medieval Wales, including an edition of the documents issued by native Welsh rulers 1120–1283; he also initiated a series of biannual colloquia on medieval Wales held in Bangor since 2004. His current research focuses on the historiography of Wales, the subject of his most recent books: a study of the historian John Edward Lloyd (1861–1947), a Professor of History at Bangor who played a seminal role in establishing Welsh history as a modern academic subject, and a co-edited collection of essays on the study of the past in Wales and other small nations between 1850 and 1950. Huw Pryce is co-editor of the Welsh History Review and one of the editors of Boydell’s monograph series Studies in Celtic History.
Teaching and Supervision
Wales: Princes to Tudors (convenor and contributor)
Cymru: Tywysogion i Duduriaid (contributor)
Apocalypse Then (contributor)
Reinventing the Middle Ages
Ailddarganfod yr Oesoedd Canol
Celtic Revival: Culture and National Identity in Wales 1800–1920
Initiating a Research Project
The Age of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth 1194-1240
Documents and Sources for Medieval and Early Modern History (contributor)
Themes and Issues in History (contributor)
Current PhD 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, ‘The uxorial lifecycle and female agency in Wales in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries’
Previous PhD student
Euryn Roberts, ‘Hunaniaeth ranbarthol yng Nghymru’r oesau canol, c.1100–c.1283’ (Regional identity in medieval Wales, c.1100–c.1283)
Huw Pryce has extensive research interests in the history of Wales, especially in the middle ages and in historiography of all periods, and is willing to supervise doctoral students in these areas. His latest research examines aspects of medievalism and other uses of the past in nineteenth-century Wales, including the influence of French heritage measures on Harry Longueville Jones, co-founder of the Cambrian Archaeological Association in 1847, and an attempt to invoke the authority of medieval Welsh law in a legal case concerning foreshore rights in 1862–4.
Key and Recent Publications
Full list of publications
- 2013 (Co-editor with Neil Evans), Writing a Small Nation’s Past: Wales in Comparative Perspective, 1850–1950, Ashgate, Farnham. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409450627
- 2011 J. E. Lloyd and the Creation of Welsh History: Renewing a Nation’s Past, University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
- 2007 (Co-editor with John Watts), Power and Identity in the Middle Ages: Essays in Memory of Rees Davies, Oxford University Press.
- 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).
- 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.
- 2012 ‘Culture, identity, and the medieval revival in Victorian Wales’, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, 31 (2011) , 1–40.
- 2011 ‘Gerald of Wales, Gildas and the Descriptio Kambriae’, in Fiona Edmonds and Paul Russell (eds), Tome: Studies in Medieval Celtic History and Law in Honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards, Studies in Celtic History (Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2011), 115–24.
- 2011 ‘Anglo-Welsh agreements, 1201–77’, in Ralph A. Griffiths and Phillipp Schofield (eds), Wales and the Welsh in the Middle Ages (University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2011), 1–19.
- 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.
- 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.