9781852851767

The Anglo-Saxon State

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    1852851767

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-02-05
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

The power, sophistication, unity and wealth of the late Anglo-Saxon state have been underestimated. The shadow of defeat in 1066, and an assumption that the Normans brought about strong government and a unification that had not previously been there, has prevented many of the remarkable features of Anglo-Saxon society from being seen. In The Anglo-Saxon State James Campbell shows how strong, unified and well-governed Anglo-Saxon England was and how numerous and wealthy were its inhabitants. Late Anglo-Saxon England was also a country with a political class considerably wider than just the earls and thegns. William Stubbs's vision of Anglo-Saxon England as a country with real representative institutions may indeed be truer than that of his denigrators. James Campbell's work demands the rethinking of Anglo-Saxon history.

Author Biography

James Campbell is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction ix
The Late Anglo-Saxon State: A Maximum View
1(30)
The United Kingdom of England: The Anglo-Saxon Achievement
31(24)
The Impact of the Sutton Hoo Discovery on the Study of Anglo-Saxon History
55(30)
Elements in the Background to the Life of St Cuthbert and his Early Cult
85(22)
The East Anglian Sees before the Conquest
107(22)
Asser's Life of Alfred
129(28)
England, c. 991
157(22)
Was it Infancy in England? Some Questions of Comparison
179(22)
Some Agents and Agencies of the Late Anglo-Saxon State
201(26)
The Sale of Land and the Economics of Power in Early England: Problems and Possibilities
227(20)
Stubbs and the English State
247(22)
Stenton's Anglo-Saxon England
269(12)
Index 281

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