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A Companion to the Early Middle Ages


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Table of Contents

List of Maps viii

Notes on Contributors ix

List of Abbreviations xiii

Maps xv

Part I Introductory Matter 1 1 Introduction 3
Pauline Stafford 2 Historiography 9
Pauline Stafford 3 Sources 23
Pauline Stafford Part II Britain and Ireland, c.500-c.750 39 4 Britain and Ireland, c.500 41
Barbara Yorke 5 Economy 57
Howard B. Clarke 6 Kings and Kingship 76
Barbara Yorke 7 Communities and Kinship 91
David E. Thornton 8 Social Structure 107
Thomas M. Charles-Edwards 9 Britain, Ireland, and Europe, c.500-c.750 126
Paul Fouracre 10 Conversions to Christianity 143
Huw Pryce 11 Church Organization and Pastoral Care 160
Thomas Pickles 12 Latin Learning and Christian Art 177
Martin J. Ryan Part III Britain and Ireland in the Long Ninth Century, c.750-c.900 193 13 Viking Raids and Conquest 195
Dawn Hadley 14 Scandinavian Settlement 212
Dawn Hadley 15 Britain, Ireland, and Europe, c.750-c.900 231
Janet L. Nelson Part IV Britain and Ireland, C.900-c.1100 249 16 Scotland 251
Alex Woolf 17 Ireland, c.900-c.1000 268
Edel Bhreathnach 18 Ireland, c.1000-c.1100 285
Sean Duffy 19 Northumbria 303
William M. Aird 20 Southumbria 322
Charles Insley 21 Wales and West Britain 341
John Reuben Davies 22 Britain, Ireland, and Europe, c.900-c.1100 358
Simon MacLean 23 The Institutional Church 376
Catherine Cubitt 24 Pastoral Care and Religious Belief 395
Catherine Cubitt 25 Nobility 414
Julia Crick 26 Settlement and Social Differentiation 432
Sally Crawford 27 Localities 446
David E. Thornton 28 Queens and Queenship 459
Pauline Stafford

Bibliography 477

Index 524

About the Author

Pauline Stafford is Professor Emerita at LiverpoolUniversity, previously Professor of Medieval History. She is aspecialist in the history of Anglo-Saxon England and of women andgender in England and Europe from the eighth to twelfth centuries.Her previous publications include Queens, Concubines andDowagers, the King s Wife in the Early Middle Ages (1983,1998), Unification and Conquest, a Political and Social Historyof England in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries (1989), QueenEmma and Queen Edith (1997, 2001), Law, Laity andSolidarities (2001), Gender, Family and the Legitimation ofPower: England from the Ninth to Early Twelfth Century (2006),and the jointly edited Gendering the Middle Ages (2000).


?The concise presentation of complex information in introductory form is a great talent? The fact that all chapters of the book are consistently clear and readable as introductions to the non-specialist is impressive. That they challenge us conceptually and push at the boundaries of our understanding as well as our knowledge is more so.? ?Reference Reviews

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