Kings, Currency and Alliances

Kings, Currency and Alliances

History and Coinage of Southern England in the Ninth Century

Edited by Mark A.S. Blackburn, David N. Dumville


Boydell Press



Historians, numismatists and philologists consider fundamental aspects of 9c political and economic history.
The ninth century was a period of upheaval in England, as the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex vied for supremacy, and East Anglia and Kent sought to regain their independence, with the arrival of the Vikings introducing a further element of unrest. This interdisciplinary collection of papers by historians, numismatists and philologists considers fundamental aspects of the period's political and economic history. Alliances and treaties are a central theme, political and monetary. A radical reassesment of events in London in the later ninth century is presented, prompted by a detailed examination of the numismatic evidence marshalled here along with the written sources; it is argued that the Vikings were not in control of the city prior to Alfred's `reoccupation' in AD 886. The volume includes an illustrated corpus of the coinage of Berhtwulf and another for the middle years of Alfred's reign; moneyers are identified as witnesses to charters, and the forms of their names are analysed according to the Old English dialects they represent. A listing of some 500 single coin-finds forms the basis for a discussion of the nature and extent of monetary use in ninth-century England.
Dr MARK BLACKBURN is Keeper of Coins and Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; DAVID DUMVILLE is Professor of Palaeography and Cultural History in the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Girton College. Contributors: SIMON KEYNES, THOMAS CHARLES-EDWARDS, JAMES BOOTH, MARK BLACKBURN, LORD STEWARTBY, PAUL BIBIRE, D.M. METCALF, MICHAEL BONSER


October 1998
11 black and white, 1 line illustrations
282 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Anglo-Saxon History
ISBN: 9780851155982
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
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Table of Contents

King Alfred and the mercians - Simon D Keynes
Alliances, godfathers, treaties and boundaries - T M Charles-Edwards
Monetary alliance or technical co-operation? The coinage of Berhtwulf of Mercia (840-852) - James Booth
The London mint in the reign of Alfred - Mark A.S. Blackburn
A corpus of the Cross-and-Lozenge and related coinages of Alfred, Ceolwulf II and archbishop Aethelred - Mark A.S. Blackburn
Moneyers in the written records - Stewartby
Moneyers' names on ninth-century Southumbrian coins: philological approaches to some historical questions - Paul Bibire
The monetary economy of ninth-century England south of the Humber: a topographical analysis - Michael David Metcalf
`Single finds of the ninth-century from southern England: a listing'. - Michael Bonser

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