Thomas Charles-Edwards

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Thomas Mowbray Charles-Edwards FRHistS FLSW FBA (born 11 November 1943)[1] is an emeritus academic at Oxford University.[2] He formerly held the post of Jesus Professor of Celtic[3] and is a Professorial Fellow at Jesus College.[2]


He was educated at Ampleforth College before reading History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he studied for a doctorate after taking the Diploma in Celtic Studies under Sir Idris Foster.[2][citation needed] He studied at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies from 1967 to 1969. He then was a Junior Research Fellow and then a Fellow in History at Corpus Christi College before being appointed to the chair of Celtic.[2]

His expertise is in the fields of the history and language of Wales and Ireland, during the so-called Irish Dark Age (during the Roman Empire) and the general "Dark Ages", which followed the collapse of the Roman Empire in the west.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society,[4] a Fellow of the British Academy[1] and a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He was elected honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2007.[5]

He is a great-grandson of Thomas Charles Edwards, first Principal of Aberystwyth University.[citation needed]


  • 1971. "The Date of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi", Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1970 Part 2, 263–298.
  • 1978. "Honour and Status in some Irish and Welsh Prose Tales", Ériu 29, 123–141.
  • 1978. "The Authenticity of the Gododdin: An Historian's View", R. Bromwich, R. Brinley Jones (eds.), Astudiaethau ar yr Hengerdd: Studies in Old Welsh Poetry, cyflwynedig i Syr Idris Foster (Cardiff), 44–71.
  • 1983. With Fergus Kelly. Bechbretha (Dublin).
  • 1986. Ed. with Morfydd Owen & D. B. Walters. Lawyers and Laymen (Cardiff).
  • 1989. The Welsh Laws (Cardiff).
  • 1991. "The Arthur of History", R. Bromwich, A. O. H. Jarman, B. F. Roberts (eds.), The Arthur of the Welsh (Cardiff), 15–32.
  • 1993. Early Irish and Welsh Kinship (Oxford).
  • 2000. Ed. with Morfydd Owen & Paul Russell. The Welsh King and His Court (Cardiff).
  • 2000. Early Christian Ireland (Cambridge).
  • 2003. Ed. After Rome: c. 400–c. 800 (Oxford).
  • 2005. Ed. with Paul Russell. Tair Colofn Cyfraith. The Three Columns of Law in Medieval Wales: Homicide, Theft and Fire (Bangor).
  • 2013. Wales and the Britons 350–1064, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-821731-2


  1. ^ a b "British Academy Fellows Archive". British Academy. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d University of Oxford (14 November 1996). "New Jesus Professor of Celtic". Oxford University Gazette. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Charles-Edwards, Early Christian Ireland (2000).
  4. ^ "Fellows of the Royal Historical Society". Royal Historical Society. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards, Jesus College, University of Oxford". Retrieved 2 December 2010. 

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