PRO Manuscript SC1/11/58
A Letter from Llywelyn ab Iorwerth, Prince of Wales
to Stephen de Segrave, co-regent for King Henry III of England,
during the summer of 1230.
(Seattle, July 2000)
c/o Department of History 353560
University of Washington
Seattle, WA. 98195
This MS is certainly a draft, and though it is addressed to Stephen de Segrave, its ultimate recipient was probably the Chancellor, Ralph de Neville who was the author and recipient of the subsequent relevant correspondence (see J.G. Edwards Anc. Corr. Wales). The passage Rogamus vobis ... valete (lines 16-20) shows Llywelyn trying to get a response from any of the king's regents, suggesting that until late summer of 1230, the regency government was studiously ignoring the problems on the march and in Wales arising from the execution of William de Braose early in May.
As you can see from the scans, the paleographic problems presented by this document are formidable, and I wish to thank a great number of people for their generous help and advice: Professor Robert Stacey, Dr. Laurie Cropp, Dr. David Crook of the Public Record Office and Dr. Huw Pryce. Special thanks to Christopher Whittick of the E. Sussex Record Office and Dr. Lesley Boatwright who were able to correct and add substantially to my original transcript. Naturally, however, I own all of the remaining flaws in the transcription. I also wish to thank the staff of the Public Record Office and especially the document photographer Brian Carter who kindly allowed me to observe over the course of two days as he tried to make the best image possible of this letter using the PRO's newly re-instituted ultraviolet photographic equipment.
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