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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
J. E. Lloyd and the Creation of Welsh History
Hugh Pryce
ISBN: 9780708323908 (0708323901)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi: Mai 2011  Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press
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Y gyfrol gyntaf i astudio bywyd a gwaith John Edward Lloyd (1861-1947), sylfaenydd astudiaethau academaidd ar hanes Cymru. Cyhoeddir y gyfrol i nodi canmlwyddiant cyhoeddi ei gampwaith A History of Wales from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest (1911). Cofiant deallus sy'n ailasesu arwyddocad gwaith y gwrthrych yng nghyd-destun ei fywyd.

This is the first book on John Edward Lloyd (1861-1947), regarded as the founder of the modern academic study of Welsh history. Published to mark the centenary of Lloyd's achievement, A History of Wales from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest (1911), this intellectual biography reassesses Lloyd's significance by setting his work in the context of his life.
This highly impressive, scholarly volume gives us the first ever biography of Sir John Edward Lloyd (1861–1947), the historian often described as the founder of the academic study of Welsh history at the beginning of the twentieth century. Its publication is especially timely, exactly one hundred years since the appearance of Lloyd’s magnum opus, A History of Wales from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest in two substantial volumes which have certainly stood the test of time. It is interesting to see how the research interests of Professor Huw Pryce, himself undoubtedly one of our most distinguished and prolific mediaeval historians, have recently focused on the development of historiography.

Professor Pryce has used a rich array of disparate sources to piece together Lloyd’s unique life and career, from his Montgomeryshire ancestry and his upbringing in Liverpool, to his university education at Aberystwyth and Lincoln College, Oxford. A university lectureship in History and Welsh at Aberystwyth from 1885 until 1892 preceded a move to Bangor as lecturer and university registrar and later led to his appointment as Professor of History there in 1899.

All of J. E. Lloyd’s major contributions are described and evaluated – his two-volume history of mediaeval Wales to 1282, his biography of Owain Glyndŵr (1930), his numerous scholarly articles, and his most substantial contributions to both the Dictionary of Welsh Biography and the Dictionary of National Biography, for which he wrote many articles on his own contemporaries.

The second part of the book has a thematic structure, considering the formative influences on Lloyd as a historian and author, and his relationships with other prominent scholars such as Sir John Rhys and Sir O. M. Edwards. The author’s approach throughout is most equitable as he readily points up Lloyd’s weaknesses as well as his many strengths.

He concludes that Lloyd’s seminal History of Wales, published in 1911 and still used by scholars and students to this day, formed an important part of the Welsh national renaissance following the age of Cymru Fydd, especially in the field of education. Hence Lloyd’s untiring commitment to the colleges at Aberystwyth and Bangor and his determination to place their development on an ever firmer footing. There follows a masterly assessment of the legacy of J. E. Lloyd’s long-term influence and contribution to his subject.

From cover to cover the book is highly readable and yet, as expected, unfailingly scholarly, crowned by the provision of genuinely helpful footnote references and a full bibliography of the sources used while researching.

J. Graham Jones


It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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Tabl Cynnwys:
Part One: A Historian’s Life
1 Welsh Liverpool, 1861–77
2 Expanding Horizons: Aberystwyth and Oxford, 1877–85
3 Towards A History of Wales, 1885–1911
4 Historian of Wales, 1911–47

Part Two: The Making of a Nation
5 A Nation Revived: Lloyd and Modern Wales
6 Assumptions and Methods
7 Origins: From Prehistoric to Post-Roman Wales
8 Tribal Wales: Society and the Church
9 Princely Wales: Rulers as Nation Builders

Conclusion: Creating Welsh History?
Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Huw Pryce is Professor of Welsh History at Bangor University.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Part One of this volume traces Lloyd's life, focusing especially on his career as a historian, while Part Two explores key themes arising from his historical writings against the background of the scholarship and ideas of his time. This provides a case study of national history writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, i.e. how the past of a small, stateless nation was reconfigured to provide a new narrative of national origins.
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