East Anglia and its North Sea World in the Middle Ages

East Anglia and its North Sea World in the Middle Ages

Edited by David Bates, Robert Liddiard


Boydell Press



The relations between medieval East Anglia and countries across the North Sea examined from a variety of perspectives.
East Anglia was a distinctive English region during the Middle Ages, but it was one that owed much of its character and identity to its place in a much wider "North Sea World" that stretched from the English Channel to Iceland, the Baltic and beyond. Relations between East Anglia and its maritime neighbours have for the most part been peaceful, involving migration and commercial, artistic, architectural and religious exchanges, but have also at times been characterised by violence and contestation. All these elements have played a significant role in processes of historical change that have shaped the history both of East Anglia and its North Sea world.
This collection of essays discusses East Anglia in the context of this maritime framework and explores the extent to which there was a distinctive community bound together by the shared frontier of the North Sea during the Middle Ages. It brings together the work of a range of international scholars and includes contributions from the disciplines of history, archaeology, art history and literary studies.

David Bates is Professorial Fellow in History at the University of East Anglia, Robert Liddiard is Professor of History at the University of East Anglia.

Contributors: Anna Agnarsdóttir, Brian Ayers, Wendy R. Childs, Lynda Dennison, Stephen Heywood, Carole Hill, John Hines, David King, Robert Liddiard, Rory Naismith, Eljas Oksanen, Richard Plant, Aleksander Pluskowski, Christopher Scull, Tim Pestell, Charles West, Gareth Williams, Tom Williamson.


84 black and white, 22 line illustrations
363 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
Paperback, 9781783270361, June 2015
Hardback, 9781843838463, August 2013
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037010, HIS010000, SOC003000
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The North Sea - Robert E Liddiard
The Origins of East Anglia in a North Sea Zone - John Hines
East Anglia's Character and the 'North Sea World' - Tom Williamson
Cities, Cogs and Commerce: Archaeological Approaches to the Material Culture of the North Sea World - Brian Ayers
Medieval Art in Norfolk and the Continent: An Overview - David King
The Circulation, Minting, and Use of Coins in East Anglia,c.AD 580-675 - Gareth Williams
Coinage in Pre-Viking East Anglia - Rory G.R. Naismith
The Castle and the Warren: Medieval East Anglian Fur Culture in Context - Aleksander Pluskowski
Economic Relations between East Anglia and Flanders in the Anglo-Norman Period - Eljas Oksanen
East Anglia's Trade in the North Sea World - Wendy Childs
Iceland's 'English Century' and East Anglia's North Sea World - Anna Agnarsdóttir
Ipswich: Contexts of Funerary Evidence from an Urban Precursor of the Seventh Century AD - Christopher Scull
Imports or Immigrants? Reassessing Scandinavian Metalwork in Late Anglo-Saxon East Anglia - Tim Pestell
Stone Building in Romanesque East Anglia - Stephen Heywood
Romanesque East Anglia and the Empire - Richard Plant
All in the Same Boat? East Anglia, the North Sea World and the 1147 Expedition to Lisbon - Charles West
The Liber Celestis of St Bridget of Sweden [1302/3-1373] and its Influence on the Household Culture of some late medieval Norfolk women - Carole Hill
Flemish Influence on English Manuscript Painting in East Anglia in the Late Fourteenth Century - Lynda Dennison


The list of authors is a roll-call for senior British scholarship on medieval landscapes, history and archaeology.... An excellent volume. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY

[This] book represents an interesting model of looking at East Anglia and the North Sea world. . . . Researchers and students can hope that more studies like this will be published in the future. NAUTICAL RESEARCH JOURNAL

T]he editors have produced a collection that is both interesting and stimulating; maritime historians will find it well worth their attention. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MARITIME HISTORY

Those in search of information on maritime trade in the Middle Ages will find this book an intriguing examination of one region in England and its connections to the world at large. PIRATES AND PRIVATEERS

This volume is handsomely produced, with a striking cover photograph. NORTHERN HISTORY

[T]his is one of those books which will appeal almost as much to the inquisitive general history lover as to those in the leafy groves of academe, at which it is obviously aimed. EASTERN DAILY PRESS

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