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 (1971, Part 2): 263–298. hdl:10107/1418639. 
  • — (1978). "Honour and Status in some Irish and Welsh Prose Tales". Ériu. Royal Irish Academy. 29: 123–141. JSTOR 30007769. 
  • — (1978). "The Authenticity of the Gododdin: An Historian's View". In Bromwich, R.; Brinley Jones, R. Astudiaethau ar yr Hengerdd: Studies in Old Welsh Poetry, cyflwynedig i Syr Idris Foster. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. pp. 44–71. ISBN 0708306969. .
  • —; Kelly, Fergus, eds. (1983). Bechbretha: an Old Irish law-tract on bee-keeping. Early Irish Law Series. 1. Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. ISBN 9781855002098. 
  • —; Owen, Morfydd; Walters, D. B., eds. (1986). Lawyers and Laymen: Studies in the History of Law presented to Professor Dafydd Jenkins on his seventy-fifth birthday. Cardiff: Univeristy of Wales Press. ISBN 0708309259. 
  • — (1989). The Welsh Laws. Writers of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 070831032X. 
  • — (1991). "The Arthur of History". In Bromwich, R.; Jarman, A. O. H.; Roberts, B. F. The Arthur of the Welsh: The Arthurian legend in Medieval Welsh Literature. Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages. 1. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. pp. 15–32. ISBN 0708313078. 
  • —, ed. (25 March 1993). Early Irish and Welsh Kinship. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 9780198201038. 
  • — (30 November 2000). Early Christian Ireland. The Cambridge History of Ireland. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521363950. 
  • —; Owen, Morfydd; Russell, Paul, eds. (April 2002). The Welsh King and His Court. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 9780708316276. 
  • —, ed. (13 November 2003). After Rome. Short Oxford History of the British Isles. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199249824. 
  • —; Russell, Paul, eds. (2005). Tair Colofn Cyfraith. The Three Columns of Law in Medieval Wales: Homicide, Theft and Fire. 5. Bangor: Welsh Legal History Society. ISBN 0954163745. 
  • — (29 November 2012). Wales and the Britons 350–1064. History of Wales. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-821731-2. 
  • —; Reid, Julian (31 August 2017). Corpus Christi College, Oxford: A History. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-879247-5. 


  1. ^ a b "British Academy Fellows Archive". British Academy. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. 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. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards, Jesus College, University of Oxford". Retrieved 2 December 2010. 

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