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The Earls of Mercia: Lordship and Power in Late Anglo-Saxon England

Stephen Baxter

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199230983
eISBN:
9780191710940
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230983.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This book constitutes a major reappraisal of the late Anglo-Saxon state on the eve of its demise. Its principal focus is the family of Ealdorman Leofwine, which obtained power in Mercia and retained ... More


The Origins of Beowulf: From Vergil to Wiglaf

Richard North

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199206612
eISBN:
9780191709807
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206612.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This book suggests that the Old English poem Beowulf was composed between the reigns of Kings Beornwulf (823-6) and Wiglaf (827-9 and 830-39) of Mercia, in the winter of 826-7, in the monastery of ... More


Dynastic Innovation in Beowulf

Richard North

in The Origins of Beowulf: From Vergil to Wiglaf

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199206612
eISBN:
9780191709807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206612.003.02
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter compares Beowulf's Scyldings with the Skjöldungar of Old Norse analogues, and Beowulf himself with Böðvarr bjarki, his monster-slaying counterpart in Hrólfs saga kraka and elsewhere. The ... More


‘Quid Hinieldus?’ Bishop Unwona and Friends

Richard North

in The Origins of Beowulf: From Vergil to Wiglaf

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199206612
eISBN:
9780191709807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206612.003.05
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter treats the lost poem on Ingeld, on which the poet of Beowulf relies for Ingeld and Freawaru, as identical with the carmina on Hinieldus for which Alcuin, in 797, blames a correspondent ... More


‘Thryth’ and the Reign of Offa

Richard North

in The Origins of Beowulf: From Vergil to Wiglaf

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199206612
eISBN:
9780191709807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206612.003.08
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter begins to place Beowulf in Mercian history by reconsidering parallels between Offa of Angeln (I) and ‘Thryth’, in lines 1925-62 of Beowulf, also in Widsith, and King Offa (II) and Queen ... More


The Britons, the Northumbrians, and the Rise of Mercia, 550–685

T. M. Charles-Edwards

in Wales and the Britons, 350-1064

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780198217312
eISBN:
9780191744778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198217312.003.0013
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

The first section of the chapter considers the origins of the English kingdom of Northumbria, a seventh‐century combination of Bernicia to the North and Deira to the south. Both Bernicia and Deira ... More


The Transformations of the Ninth Century

T. M. Charles-Edwards

in Wales and the Britons, 350-1064

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780198217312
eISBN:
9780191744778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198217312.003.0016
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

The chapter deals with two major changes: the first was in Gwynedd, where a new dynasty took power in the person of Merfyn Frych, a dynasty that derived from the Isle of Man and would endure until ... More


The Gathering Storm 872–875

Alfred P. Smyth

in King Alfred the Great

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229896
eISBN:
9780191678936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter discusses the Danish invasion of England. It reports that Danish arrangements for the government of Mercia are described in the Chronicle some fifteen years or more after they occurred. ... More


Penda of Mercia and the Welsh borderlands in Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica

Lindy Brady

in Writing the Welsh Borderlands in Anglo-Saxon England

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781784994198
eISBN:
9781526128386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784994198.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

Chapter one examines one of the earliest and most historically significant surviving Anglo-Saxon texts, Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum. This chapter argues that Bede’s narrative of ... More


The Welsh borderlands in the Lives of St Guthlac1

Lindy Brady

in Writing the Welsh Borderlands in Anglo-Saxon England

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781784994198
eISBN:
9781526128386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784994198.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

Chapter Two focuses on a corpus of Old English and Latin works about the popular Anglo-Saxon saint Guthlac of Croyland (673-714) whose Mercian youth and later career as a hermit in the fens of East ... More


The Welsh borderlands in the Anglo‑Saxon Chronicle

Lindy Brady

in Writing the Welsh Borderlands in Anglo-Saxon England

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781784994198
eISBN:
9781526128386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784994198.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

Chapter four argues for a significant pattern of political alliance in the Welsh borderlands in the later Anglo-Saxon period, beginning in the tenth century, where half a dozen raids carried out ... More


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