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Kings, Currency and Alliances: History and Coinage of Southern England in the Ninth Century

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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 ...
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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851155982
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/29/1998
  • Series: Studies in Anglo-Saxon History , #9
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
The contributors and editors
Preface
I King Alfred and the Mercians 1
II Alliances, godfathers, treaties and boundaries 47
III Monetary alliance or technical co-operation? The coinage of Berhtwulf of Mercia (840-852) 63
IV The London mint in the reign of Alfred 105
V A corpus of the Cross-and-Lozenge and related coinages of Alfred, Ceolwulf II and Archbishop AEthelred 125
VI Moneyers in the written records 151
VII Moneyers' names on ninth-century Southumbrian coins: philological approaches to some historical questions 155
VIII The monetary economy of ninth-century England south of the Humber: a topographical analysis 167
IX Single finds of ninth-century coins from southern England: a listing 199
Bibliography 241
General index 257
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