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The Saxons in England

The Saxons in England
A History of the English Commonwealth till the Period of the Norman Conquest
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  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108036207

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  • This monumental 1849 publication was the first detailed analysis to compare Anglo-Saxon institutions with those of other Germanic peoples. The philologist and historian Kemble (1807–57) was born into a renowned family of actors, trained at Cambridge for both the bar and the church, but devoted his career to Germanic philology and Old English. His studies resulted in several books including a Beowulf edition (1833), a pioneering six-volume edition of Anglo-Saxon charters (Codex Diplomaticus Aevi Saxonici, 1839–48), and the posthumous Horae Ferales (1863), together with articles and translations in periodicals. He also corresponded for many years with Jacob Grimm. The Saxons drew heavily on Kemble's work on the charters. Volume 1 argues for the early presence of the Saxons in Britain and investigates their laws and institutions. Volume 2 addresses their impact on social institutions and power structures in post-Roman Britain.

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108036207
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 65 mm
    • weight: 1.46kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Book I. The Original Settlement of the Anglo-Saxon Commonwealth:
    1. Saxon and Welsh traditions
    2. The mark
    3. The Gá or Scír
    4. Landed possession
    5. Personal rank
    6. The king
    7. The noble by service
    8. The unfree
    9. The mutual guarantee
    10. Fæhðe
    11. Folcland
    12. Heathendom
    Appendix. Volume 2: Book II. The Principles and Progress of the Change in England:
    1. Growth of the kingly power
    2. The regalia or rights of royalty
    3. The king's court and household
    4. The ealdorman or duke
    5. The Geréfa
    6. The Witena Gemót
    7. The towns
    8. The bishop
    9. The clergy and monks
    10. The income of the clergy
    11. The poor
    Appendix.

  • Author

    John Mitchell Kemble

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