The Conversion of Britain: Religion, Politics and Society in Britain, 600-800 / Edition 1

The Conversion of Britain: Religion, Politics and Society in Britain, 600-800 / Edition 1

by Barbara Yorke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582772923

ISBN-13: 9780582772922

Pub. Date: 08/16/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Britain of 600-800 AD was populated by four distinct peoples; the British, Picts, Irish and Anglo-Saxons. They spoke 3 different languages, Gaelic, Brittonic and Old English, and lived in a diverse cultural environment. In 600 the British and the Irish were already Christians. In contrast the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons and Picts occurred somewhat later, at

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The Britain of 600-800 AD was populated by four distinct peoples; the British, Picts, Irish and Anglo-Saxons. They spoke 3 different languages, Gaelic, Brittonic and Old English, and lived in a diverse cultural environment. In 600 the British and the Irish were already Christians. In contrast the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons and Picts occurred somewhat later, at the end of the 6th and during the 7th century. Religion was one of the ways through which cultural difference was expressed, and the rulers of different areas of Britain dictated the nature of the dominant religion in areas under their control.

This book uses the
Conversion and the Christianisation of the different peoples of Britainas a framework through which to explore the workings of their political systems and the structures of their society. Because Christianity adapted to and affected the existing religious beliefs and social norms wherever it was introduced, it's the perfect medium through which to study various aspects of society that are difficult to study by any other means.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582772922
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/16/2006
Series:
Religion, Politics and Society in Britain Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

1Politics and society in Britain c.600-80033
2The conversion of Britain to Christianity98
3The organisation and culture of the church in early medieval Britain149
4Religion, politics and society in early medieval Britain212
App. 1Timeline of main events and people
App. 2Pictish kings from king lists P and Q
App. 3Kings of Northumbria from AEthelfrith to Eardwulf
App. 4Kings of Mercia from Penda to Coenwulf
App. 5The union of the Bernician and Deiran royal houses through marriage
App. 6Two rival theories for the descent of the Pictish kings Constantine (789-820) and Onuist, the sons of Uurguist/Fergus

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