The Earliest English Kings

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-11-07
  • Publisher: Routledge
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The Earliest English Kingsis a sweeping and thorough overview of Anglo-Saxon History from the sixth century to the eighth century and the death of King Alfred. Kirby explains and explores the 'Heptarchy' or the seven kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England, as well as the various peoples within them, wars, religion, King Offa, and the coming of the Vikings. In this completely revidsed edition, the author brings this classic book up to date to reflect on current findings on this line of rulers. With maps and family trees, this book reveals the complex, distant and tumultuous events of Anglo-Saxon politics. David Kriby held a personal chair in History at the University of Whales, Aberystwyth and is now retired. He is the author ofThe Making of Early Englandand is co-author ofA Bibliographical Dictionary of DarkAge Britain

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface to second edition
The people and kingdoms of pre-Viking Englandp. 1
The 'Heptarchy'p. 1
The Tribal Hidagep. 9
Angles or Saxons?p. 12
Hierarchies of command: the Brytenwealdap. 14
The problem of nomenclaturep. 20
Early Kentp. 23
The reign of Aethelberhtp. 24
The pagan reaction under Eadbaldp. 30
The sequelp. 35
The early kings of the western Saxonsp. 38
The Anglian territories in the late sixth and early seventh centuriesp. 50
The struggle for political and military leadershipp. 52
The Deirans and the Berniciansp. 55
The wars with the northern Britonsp. 58
The northern Anglian hegemony in the seventh centuryp. 63
The Humbrian overlordship of Eadwinep. 63
Edwine's British warsp. 69
The reign of Oswaldp. 73
The battle of the Winwaedp. 78
The last phase of northern domination in southern Englandp. 81
Military recovery in north Britain under Oswiu and Ecgfrithp. 84
Ecclesiastical politicsp. 86
The southumbrian kingdoms from the mid-seventh to the mid-eighth centuryp. 94
The reign of Wulfherep. 94
The ascendancy of Caedwalla and its aftermathp. 98
Reconstructionp. 105
The reign of Aethelbaldp. 109
Northumbria in the eight centuryp. 118
Offap. 134
The Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the first three-quarters of the ninth centuryp. 151
The Mercian successors of Offap. 151
Ecgberht, king of Wessexp. 155
Northumbriap. 161
King Aethelwulf and his sonsp. 164
The coming of the Vikingsp. 171
Appendixp. 179
Notesp. 187
Indexp. 241
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