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Kingship and Government in Pre-Conquest England C.500-1066 : British History in Perspective - Ann Williams

Kingship and Government in Pre-Conquest England C.500-1066

British History in Perspective

Hardcover Published: 28th April 1999
ISBN: 9780333567975
Number Of Pages: 243

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This book is a study of the exercise of royal authority before the Norman Conquest. Six centuries separate the 'adventus Saxonum' from the battle of Hastings: during those long years, the English kings changed from warlords, who exacted submission by force, into law-givers to whom obedience was a moral duty. In the process, they created many of the administrative institutes which continued to serve their successors. They also created England: the united kingdom of the English people.

Prefacep. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Chronologyp. xiv
Genealogical Tablesp. xx
Through a Glass Darkly: The Origins of English Kingshipp. 1
Sources and Problemsp. 2
The Idea of the 'Seven Kingdoms'p. 5
Unity in Diversity? The Emergence of 'Englishness'p. 9
The Time of the Warlordsp. 14
The Shadow of Merciap. 22
Strategies of Powerp. 32
Tribute and Taxp. 33
Military Servicep. 36
Hospitalityp. 39
The King's Landsp. 40
Towns and Tradep. 43
All the King's Menp. 49
The King's Householdp. 50
The Reevep. 51
The Ealdormanp. 52
Church, Law and Literacyp. 56
Out of the North: The Impact of the Vikingsp. 65
Military Organization in the Eighth Centuryp. 66
The Viking Raidsp. 68
The Rise of Wessexp. 71
The Achievement of Alfredp. 73
The Making of Englandp. 81
Making the Kingdomp. 82
Kings of the Englishp. 84
Local Institutions: Shire, Hundred and Villp. 88
Ealdormen and Ealdordomsp. 89
The King's Householdp. 91
The Royal Councilp. 92
Law and Legislationp. 93
Rule and Conflict, 978-1066p. 97
The Ill-Counselled Kingp. 107
Local Organization: Ealdormen and Reevesp. 108
Local Organization: The Shire Court and Communityp. 109
The Written Word and Royal Administrationp. 113
Military Organizationp. 115
The Danish Conquestp. 123
Danes and Englishp. 124
The King's Householdp. 126
Earls and Earldomsp. 131
Authority and Ambition, 1042-66p. 137
The French Connectionp. 138
1051-2: A Crisis of Authority?p. 139
The King's Governmentp. 142
A United Kingdom?p. 147
Notesp. 151
Bibliographyp. 222
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780333567975
ISBN-10: 0333567978
Series: British History in Perspective
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 243
Published: 28th April 1999
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.1  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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