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During the last fifty years Ann Williams has reworked our realizing of Anglo-Saxon and Norman society in her experiences of personalities and elites. during this assortment, best students within the box revisit topics which were primary to her paintings, and open up new insights into the workings of the multi-cultural groups of the world of britain within the early heart a while. There are precise discussions of neighborhood and local elites and the interaction among them that formed the targeted associations of neighborhood govt within the pre-Conquest interval; radical new readings of key occasions comparable to the quandary of 1051 and a reassessment of the Bayeux Tapestry because the beginnings of the Historia Anglorum; reports of the influence of the Norman Conquest and the survival of the English; and explorations of the social, political, and administrative cultures in post-Conquest England and Normandy. the person essays are united total by way of the articulation of the neighborhood, local, and nationwide identities that that formed the societies of the interval.

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As will be seen, the original core of the family’s landholdings was in Essex and here the likelihood of a radical change in the personnel of the thegnly county community after 1016 is high. 9 While some allowances for literary hyperbole in the face of conquest and defeat must be expected, it is also true that the Essex thegnage would undoubtedly have been involved in those battles and must have suffered heavy losses. We know that Cnut took an active interest in the site at Assendun, and that he, along with the new Danish earl of the region (Thorkell the Tall), established a memorial church there.

1471 and Harmer, AS Writs, nos. 76, 77. 9,1b; S. 1406, S. 1396. For the text and witness list of the latter, see Codex Diplomaticus Aevi Saxonici, ed. J. Kemble, London 1846, no. 764. 17 Anglo-Saxon Writs, no. 76; GDB, 1, 1v: DB Kent, D25. For Lessness, see GDB, 6v: DB Kent, 5,19, in which Azur is credited as the 1066 holder, but Robert Latimer was holding of the bishop in 1086. What had happened to Westminster’s claim is unclear. 18 S. 1471; GDB, 13: DB Kent, 9,19. 9 could be either man, if indeed two men are involved.

24 Emma’s central role is also evident in the few charters and writs from Harthacnut’s reign. 25 20 S. 956. An Azur also attests S. 982 (dated 1040 x 1042), S. 994 (1042), S. 1003 (1044), S. 1044 (1042 x 1044), S. 1015 (1046), and S. 1028 (1059). The otherwise unrecorded Swesa or Sweta, listed on S. 954 (dated 1019), might possibly be a corruption of Swart. This charter is a forgery but the witness list is thought to be derived from a genuine text (S. Keynes, ‘Cnut’s Earls’, in The Reign of Cnut, King of England, Denmark and Norway, ed.

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