Britons in Anglo-Saxon England

Britons in Anglo-Saxon England

Edited by Nick Higham

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Overview

Overview

The question of the British presence in Anglo-Saxon England readdressed by archaeologists, historians, linguists, and place-name specialists.
The number of native Britons, and their role, in Anglo-Saxon England has been hotly debated for generations; the English were seen as Germanic in the nineteenth century, but the twentieth saw a reinvention of the German `past'. Today, the scholarly community is as deeply divided as ever on the issue: place-name specialists have consistently preferred minimalist interpretations, privileging migration from Germany, while other disciplinary groups have been less united in their views, with many archaeologists and historians viewing the British presence, potentially at least, as numerically significant or even dominant.

The papers collected here seek to shed new light on this complex issue, by bringing together contributions from different disciplinary specialists and exploring the interfaces between various categories of knowledge about the past. They assemble both a substantial body of evidence concerning the presence of Britons and offer a variety of approaches to the central issues of the scale of that presence and its significance across the seven centuries of Anglo-Saxon England.

NICK HIGHAM is Professor of Early Medieval and Landscape History at the University of Manchester.

Contributors: RICHARD COATES, MARTIN GRIMMER, HEINRICH HARKE, NICK HIGHAM, CATHERINE HILLS, LLOYD LAING, C. P. LEWIS, GALE R. OWEN-CROCKER, O. J. PADEL, DUNCAN PROBERT, PETER SCHRIJVER, DAVID THORNTON, HILDEGARD L. C. TRISTRAM, DAMIAN TYLER, HOWARD WILLIAMS, ALEX WOOLF

Details

July 2007
2 black and white, 16 line illustrations
266 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Pubns Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies
ISBN: 9781843833123
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC CFF, 1D, 2AB, 3D
BISAC SOC003000
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Table of Contents

Britons in Anglo-Saxon England: An Introduction - Nicholas J. Higham
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes - Catherine Hills
Forgetting the Britons in Victorian Anglo-Saxon Archaeology - Howard Williams
Romano-British Metalworking and the Anglo-Saxons - Lloyd Laing
Invisible Britons, Gallo-Romans and Russians: Perspectives on Cultural Change - Heinrich Harke
Historical Narrative as Cultural Politics: Rome, `British-ness' and `English-ness' - Nicholas J. Higham
British Wives and Slaves? Possible Romano-British Techniques in `Women's Work' - Gale R. Owen-Crocker
Early Mercia and the Britons - Damian Tyler
Britons in Early Wessex: The Evidence of the Law Code of Ine - Martin Grimmer
Apartheid and Economics in Anglo-Saxon England - Alex Woolf
Welsh Territories and Welsh Identities in Late Anglo-Saxon England - Chris Lewis
Some Welshmen in Domesday Book and Beyond: Aspects of Anglo-Welsh Relations in the Eleventh Century - David E Thornton
What Britons Spoke Around 400 AD - Peter Schrijver
Invisible Britons: The View from Linguistics - Richard Coates
Why Don't the English Speak Welsh? - Hildegard L.C. Tristram
Place-Names and the Saxon Conquest of Devon and Cornwall - Oliver J. Padel
Mapping Early Medieval Language Change in South-West England - Duncan Probert

Reviews

A valuable summary of the current state of research into the subject. NOMINA
(A) very impressive volume. JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY

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