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The political function of ‘early Christian’ inscriptions in Wales

The political function of ‘early Christian’ inscriptions in Wales

The political function of ‘early Christian’ inscriptions in Wales

By Hilbert Chiu

Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, Vol. 2 (2006)

Abstract: Over 50 inscribed stones, dating from the early fifth to the late sixth century, survive in north-west Wales. In contrast to other British inscriptions of the period, these inscriptions exhibit a surprising degree of Romanitas on the part of the people they commemorate. This paper aims to examine this phenomenon in greater detail. It furthers the argument that the inscriptions played a political role in legitimising the power of the elite in early Gwynedd. It also considers the inscriptions in the context of surviving textual and archaeological evidence.


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