Wessex and England from Alfred to Edgar
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248 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

8 b/w, 1 line illus.

Series: Studies in Anglo-Saxon History

Series Vol. Number: 3

Imprint: Boydell Press

Wessex and England from Alfred to Edgar

Essays on Political, Cultural, and Ecclesiastical Revival

by David N. Dumville

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An important study of the emergence of the kingdom of England in the first half of the 10th century.

This book is concerned with aspects of the revival of English military,ecclesiastical, and intellectual strength in the period from King Alfred's defeat of the Great Danish Army at Edington in 878 to that of the triumph of Benedictinism in the of Edgar, king of England959-975. Studying intellectual developments of the first half of the10th century, Dr Dumville argues that those decades were a period of continuation of the Alfredian renascence and he looks back into that king's troubled but productive reign to discover new aspects of his thinking and to offer some new interpretations of his actions.These were also the years in which the kingdom of England was formed:attention is therefore given to King Æthelstan, its creator. This series of new studies draws on fresh manuscript-evidence as well as reinterpreting texts long known to historians. By bringing together the testimonies of a wide variety of sources, it seeks to provide the basis on which a new history of the period may be written.

DAVID N. DUMVILLE is Reader in the Early Mediaeval History and Culture of the British Isles at the University of Cambridge.
"The first three essays have as their mainspring...the treaty of Alfred and Guthrum, ecclesiastical lands and the defence of Wessex during the first Viking age, and the Parker manuscript of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle... [they] are object lessons in the close examination and elucidation of texts. `The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the Origins of English Square Minuscule Script' lies at the book's heart...a masterpiece of argument at once detailed and wide ranging. The volume is informed by a steadiness of purpose - to ask the hard questions that will lead to the freshest and most accurate view of tenth-century England - and a consistency of scholarship at the highest level that, taken together, are bound to make it widely influential for years to come. Disparate but richly detailed studies...full of fascinating detail." N.P. BROOKS, SOUTHERN HISTORY

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9780851153087

September 1992

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Title Details

248 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

8 b/w, 1 line illus.

Series: Studies in Anglo-Saxon History

Series Vol. Number: 3

Imprint: Boydell Press