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Writing, Kingship and Power in Anglo-Saxon England


Rory Naismith, David A. Woodman, Oliver Padel, Sarah Foot, David N. Dumville, Jinty Nelson, Pauline Stafford, David Pratt, Catherine Cubitt, Levi Roach, Helen Foxhall Forbes, Julia Crick, Francesca Tinti
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  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107160972

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  • The workings of royal and ecclesiastical authority in Anglo-Saxon England can only be understood on the basis of direct engagement with original texts and material artefacts. This book, written by leading experts, brings together new research that represents the best of the current scholarship on the nexus between authority and written sources from Anglo-Saxon England. Ranging from the seventh to the eleventh century, the chapters in this volume offer fresh approaches to a wide range of linguistic, historical, legal, diplomatic and palaeographical evidence. Central themes include the formation of power in early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms during the age of Bede (d. 735) and Offa of Mercia (757–96), authority and its articulation in the century from Edgar (959–75) to 1066, and the significance of books and texts in expressing power across the period. Writing, Kingship and Power in Anglo-Saxon England represents a critical resource for students and scholars alike with an interest in early medieval history from political, institutional and cultural perspectives.

    • A new view of the workings of the royal and ecclesiastical authority in Anglo-Saxon England offers readers new interpretations of various textual sources from the Anglo-Saxon period
    • Chapters engage with different genres of source and different scholarly disciplines, allowing readers to see how different genres of text constructed view of kingship and ecclesiastical authority
    • Offers new interpretations of important models of Anglo-Saxon kingship, providing readers with new perspectives of fundamental issues of kingship
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107160972
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Rory Naismith and David A. Woodman
    2. Simon Keynes: the man and the scholar Oliver Padel
    Part I. The Formation of Power: The Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdom:
    3. Bede's Kings Sarah Foot
    4. Hagiography and charters in early Northumbria David A. Woodman
    5. Origins of the kingdom of the English David N. Dumville
    6. Losing the plot? 'Filthy assertions' and 'unheard-of deceit' in Codex Carolinus 92 Jinty Nelson
    Part II. Authority and its Articulation in Late Anglo-Saxon England:
    7. Fathers and daughters: the case of Æthelred II Pauline Stafford
    8. The historian and Anglo-Saxon coinage: the case of late Anglo-Saxon England Rory Naismith
    9. Charters and exemption from geld in Anglo-Saxon England David Pratt
    10. On living in the time of tribulation: Archbishop Wulfstan's Sermo Lupi ad Anglos and its eschatological context Catherine Cubitt
    11. A tale of two charters: diploma production and political performance in Æthelredian England Levi Roach
    Part III. Books, Texts and Power:
    12. Making manifest God's judgement: interpreting ordeals in late Anglo-Saxon England Helen Foxhall Forbes
    13. An eleventh-century prayerbook for women? The origins and history of the Galba Prayerbook Julia Crick
    14. Writing Latin and Old English in tenth-century England: patterns, formula and language choice in the leases of Oswald of Worcester Francesca Tinti.

  • Editors

    Rory Naismith, King's College London
    Rory Naismith is a lecturer in Medieval History at King's College, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and author of Money and Power in Anglo-Saxon England: The Southern English Kingdoms 757–865 (Cambridge, 2012) and Medieval European Coinage (Cambridge, 2017).

    David A. Woodman, University of Cambridge
    David A. Woodman is a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, where he is Director of Studies in History and Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


    Rory Naismith, David A. Woodman, Oliver Padel, Sarah Foot, David N. Dumville, Jinty Nelson, Pauline Stafford, David Pratt, Catherine Cubitt, Levi Roach, Helen Foxhall Forbes, Julia Crick, Francesca Tinti

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