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It is a learn of landholding and alliance in England within the years 950 to 1086, a interval within which the fortunes of lay lords and their households rose and fell dramatically. It was once additionally a interval of dizzying tenurial switch, within which the fluctuations in landed wealth and alliances make clear the commercial and geographic stability among the monarchy and the aristocracy, and on how this stability contributed to shaping Conquest England. a couple of key historic concerns are investigated: the effect of Cnut's conquest on England, the standard of Edward the Confessor's kingship, the capacity through which the Norman payment was once performed, and the consequences on England of William's conquest. The publication becomes the normal paintings at the frequently risky dating among the king and the good lords during this key transitional interval, and is among the so much stimulating and unique contributions to Conquest reviews.

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288-9; ^£, "» c. 82, 84, and especially 85). Recently Pamela Nightingale has expressed the sensible opinion that Cnut's ecclesiastical patronage may have been ' designed to stifle opposition' (Pamela Nightingale, 'The origin of the Court of Husting and Danish influence on London's development into a capital city', EHR, 102 (1987), p. 567). Propaganda or not, the press Cnut received from churchmen for his ecclesiastical policies was favourable. The Crawford Collection of Early Charters and Documents, ed.

56 Dom. Mon; 12 B L C o t t o n M S Vespasian B x x i v . Landholding and alliance in late Saxon England valuable information on the lands given to these foundations by pious benefactors, stolen by greedy aristocrats, or restored through the mysterious powers of God. Toponymies, too, give indications of early landholding patterns. The Kingstons, Coninsboroughs and Aldermastons of England bear silent testimony to their early Saxon lords. 58 This evidence is further supplemented by some 1,700 pre-Conquest charters, writs, wills and memoranda of varying shades of authenticity, which record the transference, maintenance or loss of about 3,500 different pieces of land.

The former was the wife of jEthelstan 'Rota' (LE, c. 64; her will is S 1494), and the latter was the wife of Bryhtnoth (LE, appendix D, pp. 422-3). Her will is S i486. For the best treatment of Ealdorman Bryhtnoth and his family see LE, appendix D, pp. 422-3. For an imperfect description of Bryhtnoth's family connections, see E. D. Laborde, Bryhtnoth and Maldon (London, 1936), pp. 9—19, which is followed by Gordon, Battle I3 of Maldon, pp. 15-21. ECNM, p. 300. This relationship is likely asserted in the will of j^Elfflaed (S i486), although the MS is not absolutely clear on this point.

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