The Francis Jones Prize in Welsh History for 2017 has been awarded by Jesus College to Dr David Stephenson, Honorary Fellow of the Department of Archaeology and History, Bangor University, for his book, Medieval Powys: Kingdom, Principality and Lordships, 1132–1293, Studies in Celtic History XXXV (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2016).

Background

Sir David Lewis, an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, has endowed an annual prize in Welsh history in memory of Francis Jones (1908–1993), Former Wales Herald Extraordinary. Jones had a varied career in the National Library of Wales and as Carmarthenshire Archivist as well as war service in the North African, Sicilian, and Italian campaigns. Subsequently he wrote the official account of the Sicilian and Italian campaigns. He wrote several other books including the Catalogue of Welsh Manuscripts in the College of Arms (1988) and some articles that remain of great importance, especially his book-length paper, ‘An Approach to Welsh Genealogy’, Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion 1948 (1949), 303–466. This is the first year in which the Prize has been awarded. The award was on the recommendation of a panel of judges who, between them, cover the main periods of Welsh history.