Northumbria, 500–1100: Creation and Destruction of a Kingdom

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This book deals with the rise and fall of the kingdom of Northumbria. It examines the mechanisms of ethnic, political, social and religious change which, beginning after the end of the Roman Empire, welded the large and disparate area between the Humber and the Firth of Forth into one of the most powerful kingdoms of early medieval England, and those which led to its disintegration and its replacement by political structures of northern England and southern Scotland. The story is set in a wider European context so that the history of Northumbria is seen as paradigmatic for an understanding of state formation and religious and cultural change in the early medieval world. Full attention is given to archaeological and art-historical material, and the extent to which narrative sources were shaped by sectional interests and created imagined visions of the past.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of figures
List of maps
List of abbreviations
Northumbria: map for general reference
The Kingdom of Northumbria
Kingdoms, peoples and nations: Northumbria in context
The kingdom of Northumbria: frontiers and heartlands
The Creation of Northumbria
The Northumbrians: origins of a people
Culture and identity in pre-Viking Northumbria
The framework of power: government, aristocracy and the church
The Destruction of Northumbria
The Northumbrian 'successor states' -
The fragmentation of Northumbria, 866/7-c. 1100
The Viking kingdom of York: political transformation?
The Viking kingdom of York: ethnic transformation?
The Viking kingdom of York: cultural transformation?
The English and Scottish impact: partition and absorption of the Northumbrian 'sucessor states' -
The west Saxon kings and the kings of England
The kings of Scots and the origins of the Scottish border
The Norman kings of England
The shadow of the past
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