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Edward the Elder, son and successor of King Alfred, was one of the greatest architects of the English state and yet is one of the most neglected kings of English history. During his 24-year reign, Edward led a series of successful campaigns against the Vikings and by the time of his death controlled most of southern and midland England, with his influence also felt in Wales and the north. Edward the Elder is a timely reassessment of his reign and helps to restore this ruler to ...
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Edward the Elder: 899-924

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Overview

Edward the Elder, son and successor of King Alfred, was one of the greatest architects of the English state and yet is one of the most neglected kings of English history. During his 24-year reign, Edward led a series of successful campaigns against the Vikings and by the time of his death controlled most of southern and midland England, with his influence also felt in Wales and the north. Edward the Elder is a timely reassessment of his reign and helps to restore this ruler to his rightful place in English history.
The period of Edward's reign is notably lacking in primary materials for historians. But by drawing upon sources as diverse as literature, archaeology, coins and textiles, this book brings together a rich variety of scholarship to offer new insight into the world of Edward the Elder. With this wealth of perspectives, Edward the Elder offers a broad picture of Edward's reign and his relation to the politics and culture of the Anglo-Saxon period.
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'An important collection.' - Northern History, September 2002
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136349485
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,094,168
  • File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Edward the Elder's reputation: an introduction 1
2 What is not known about the reign of Edward the Elder 12
3 Edward as AEtheling 25
4 Edward, king of the Anglo-Saxons 40
5 The coinage of Edward the Elder 67
6 The West Saxon tradition of dynastic marriage: with special reference to Edward the Elder 79
7 View from the West: an Irish perspective on West Saxon dynastic practice 89
8 Gloucester and the New Minster of St Oswald 102
9 AElfwynn, second lady of the Mercians 112
10 Edward the Elder's Danelaw 128
11 The shiring of Mercia - again 144
12 Edward the Elder and the re-establishment of Chester 160
13 The North-West frontier 167
14 A kingdom too far: York in the early tenth century 188
15 The (non)submission of the northern kings in 920 200
16 The Northern Hoards: from Cuerdale to Bossall/Flaxton 212
17 Edward the Elder and the churches of Winchester and Wessex 230
18 Dynastic monasteries and family cults: Edward the Elder's sainted kindred 248
19 On pa waepnedhealfe: kingship and royal property from AEthewulf to Edward the Elder 264
20 The Junius Psalter gloss: tradition and innovation 280
21 The embroideries from the tomb of St. Cuthbert 292
22 Endpiece 307
Index 313
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