Frisians and their North Sea Neighbours

September 2017
30 colour, 21 black and white, 19 line illustrations
299 pages
24x17 cm
Boydell Press
BIC HBLC1, 1D, 2AB, 3F
BISAC HIS037010, HIS010020, SOC003000

Frisians and their North Sea Neighbours

From the Fifth Century to the Viking Age

Edited by John Hines, Nelleke IJssennagger

An investigation into the mysterious Frisians, drawing together evidence from linguistic, textual and archaeological sources.
From as early as the first century AD, learned Romans knew of more than one group of people living in north-western Europe beyond their Empire's Gallic provinces whose names contained the element that gives us modern "Frisian". These were apparently Celtic-speaking peoples, but that population was probably completely replaced in the course of the convulsions that Europe underwent during the fourth and fifth centuries. While the importance of linguistically Germanic Frisians as neighbours of the Anglo-Saxons, Franks, Saxons and Danes in the centuries immediately following the fall of the Roman Empire in the West is widely recognized, these folk themselves remain enigmatic, the details of their culture and organization unfamiliar to many.
The Frisian population and their lands, including all the coastal communities of the North sea region and their connections with the Baltic shores, form the focal point of this volume, though viewed often through comparison with, or even through the eyes of, their neighbours. The essays present the most up-to-date discoveries, research and interpretation, combining and integrating linguistic, textual and archaeological evidence; they follow the story of the various Frisians through from the Roman Period to the next great period of disruption and change introduced by the Viking Scandinavians.

John Hines is Professor of Archaeology at Cardiff University; Nelleke IJssennagger is Curator of Archaeological and Medieval Collections at the Museum of Friesland.

Contributors: Elzbieta Adamczyk, Iris Aufderhaar, Pieterjan Deckers, Menno Dijkstra, John Hines, Nelleke Ijssennagger, Hauke Jöns, Egge Knol, Jan de Koning, Johan Nicolay, Han Nijdam, Tim Pestell, Peter Schrijver, Arjen Versloot, Gaby Waxenberger, Christiane Zimmermann.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Frisians - who, when, where, why? - John Hines and Nelleke Laure Ijessennagger
Paleogeography and people: historical Frisians in an archaeological light - Nelleke Laure Ijessennagger and Egge Knol
The Anglo-Frisian question - John Hines
Frisian between the Roman and the Early Medieval Period: language contact, Celts and Romans - Peter Schrijver
'All quiet on the Western Front'? The western Netherlands and the 'North Sea Culture' in the Migration Period - Menno Dijkstra and Jan de Koning
Power and identity in the southern North Sea area: the Migration and Merovingian Periods - Johan Nicolay
How 'English' is the Early Frisian Runic Corpus? The evidence of sounds and forms - Gaby Waxenberger
Geography and Dialects of Old Saxon: River basin communication networks and the distributional patterns of North Sea Germanic features in Old Saxon - Arjen Verlsoot and Elzbieta Adamczyk
Between Sievern and Gudendorf: enclosed sites in the north-western Elbe-Weser triangle and their significance in respect of society, communication and migration during the Roman Iron Age and Migration Period - Iris Aufderhaar
Cultural convergence in a maritime context: language and material culture as parallel phenomena in the Early-medieval southern North Sea region - Pieterjan Deckers
The kingdom of East Anglia, Frisia and Continental connections c. 600 900 - Tim Pestell
A comparison of the injury tariffs in the early Kentish and the Frisian law codes - Han Nijdam
Cultural contacts between the western Baltic, the North Sea region, and Scandinavia: attributing runic finds to runic traditions and corpora of the Early Viking Age - Hauke Jöns and Christiane Zimmermann


Makes a valuable contribution to this history of the North Sea region, especially the relationship between Anglo-Saxon England and its near continental neighbours. CURRENT WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY

The scholarship on display in this volume is of the highest quality, but attention must also be given to the book itself, which is one of the most beautiful I have ever had the joy of holding. SEHEPUNKTE

The volume is to be praised for its interdisciplinarity: while some papers fit cleanly into archaeology, history, or linguistics, most draw on material from several disciplines to examine a question that is beyond the scope of any one. It is well-edited and amply illustrated. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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