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Editors of the Transactions

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Dr. Emma Cavell FRHistS

Originally from Australia, Emma studied at the Universities of Tasmania and Oxford, held postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and taught at Exeter, Leeds and Swansea, where she is a Senior Lecturer in medieval history. She is a specialist in the social history of Britain, especially aristocratic women of the Welsh borderlands between 1066 and 1284, and Jewish women litigants in England before the Expulsion (1290).

Emma’s most recent publications include articles in The English Historical Review, Law and History Review and Anglo-Norman Studies, as well as a prize-winning essay, aimed at a wider readership, in the Journal of the Mortimer History Society. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Co-Director of MEMO, the Swansea Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research. She is also presently engaged as the expert historical consultant on a large-scale Cadw-led project to redevelop Caerphilly Castle as a major visitor attraction.

Dr. Sara Elin Roberts FRHistS

Dr Sara Elin Roberts is a medievalist specialising in medieval Wales, particularly the history of medieval Wales, the law of Hywel Dda, texts and manuscripts, and middle Welsh prose. She has worked as a lecturer in several universities, including the School of Welsh and the School of History at Bangor University, and the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester. Dr Roberts has published widely on various aspects of medieval Wales, including her award-winning monograph on Welsh law, The Legal Triads of Medieval Wales (UWP, 2007). She was also one of the editors of the new edition of the work of Dafydd ap Gwilym, published online as