Church in Wales: Separated, however not reduce off from previous privileges

Church in Wales: Separated, however not reduce off from previous privileges

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Norman Doe assesses a century’s ‘non-established’ Anglican life in Wales

The Most Revd Alfred Edwards, portrait by Solomon J. Solomon

The Most Revd Alfred Edwards, portrait by Solomon J. Solomon

IT ALL started some 50 years after the Welsh invasion and conquest of England by the army of Harri Tudur (Henry Tudor, who became Henry VII). Under the Acts of Union 1536 and 1543, Wales and England became a single political unit. They had the same laws, but a distinct system of courts. Yet assertions of Welsh national identity continued. By the 19th century, these assertions questioned how the law in Wales could differ from that in England. Religion was the test case.

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