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The Dialogue of the Government of Wales (1594)

The Dialogue of the Government of Wales (1594): Updated Text and Commentary

Edited by John Gwynfor Jones
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition: 1
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    The Dialogue of the Government of Wales (1594)
    Book Description:

    Comprises an introduction to the background of "The Dialogue", written in 1594 by George Owen of Henllys, north Pembrokeshire.

    eISBN: 978-0-7083-2288-8
    Subjects: Law

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-x)
  3. Preface
    (pp. xi-xii)
  4. Acknowledgements
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  5. Abbreviations
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  6. Note on texts
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  7. Introduction
    (pp. 1-54)

    George Owen, the sixteenth-century Pembrokeshire antiquary and historian from Henllys in the barony of Cemais in north Pembrokeshire, is primarily famous for hisDescription of Penbrokshire(1603), an extensive treatise described as ‘a seminal work and exemplary among those of its kind’.¹ When setting about his task Owen had many aims, but principally hewrote as a historian and antiquarywho, in the spirit of the age, set about revealingwhat he considered to be, not only the chief characteristics of his native county, but also, more significantly, its prime features compared to other counties. He was well educated and in a position...

  8. The Dialogue of the Government of Wales (1594)
    (pp. 55-178)

    Gentle Reader, for the most part of this last year, my private study which I use rather for my recreation than for any toil I take therein was in reading and searching out the ancient state of my native country of Wales wherein I endeavoured especially to learn how the same country was first brought subject to the hands of diverse English lords as in the end it was and to the Crown of England in sort as now it is; as also in noting how and in what sort and with what laws and Governors the same has been...

  9. Appendix
    (pp. 179-180)
  10. Bibliography
    (pp. 181-190)
  11. Index
    (pp. 191-198)