Sir Rees Davies

Ralph Griffiths commemorates the recently deceased historian of medieval Wales and Britishness.

Robert Rees Davies died on May 16th, 2005, after a lengthy illness, aged sixty-six. He was an extraordinarily gifted man and a historian of international repute. His writings are of marked originality, and each of his books and essays, constructed like pieces of fine architecture, is an exemplar of the historian’s craft. He was unremitting in asserting the vital importance of a historical awareness for a mature, civilized society. He is without rival as an interpreter of relationships between the peoples of medieval Britain, especially between Welsh and English, and the significance of these relationships for subsequent generations.

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