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Wuffing Education

The Reckoning of King Rædwald:
First King of England

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 23rd September 2006

Who was the great Wuffing king who lay in state in the treasure-laden ship berthed beneath Mound One at Sutton Hoo? We shall begin the day with a new look at this discovery in the light of recent work on its contents and related finds. These include the East Saxon royal burial from Prittlewell as well as the significant artistic and genealogical parallels which suggest that the Wuffings had important continental connections. We shall also explore the ways in which the character of the Sutton Hoo grave-goods may provide clues as to the character of the king who lay there.

We shall then reappraise the history of East Anglia and England around the time of the burial, whence it will emerge that the Wuffing king Rædwald may have been a far more central figure in the early success of Christianity in England than has previously been acknowledged. We shall also consider the indications that he was the first king of all England.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Sutton Hoo and other royal burials  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 The Continental Connections  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 East Anglia in the Early Seventh Century  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The First King of England  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D in 1991 and his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, was published in 1993. Since then he has been researching, lecturing, and writing as an independent scholar in Wuffing and Early Medieval Studies. His latest book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003. He is also now a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
Chadwick, H.M., “The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial: Who Was He?”, Antiquity, 14 (1940), pp.76-87
Higham, N., An English Empire: Bede and the Early Anglo-Saxon Kings (Manchester 1995)
Higham, N., The Convert Kings: Power and Religious Affiliation in Early Anglo-Saxon England (Manchester 1997)
Keynes, S., “Rædwald the Bretwalda”, in Voyage to the Other World: The Legacy of Sutton Hoo, ed. C.Kendall & P.Wells (Minneapolis 1992), pp.103-123
Kirby, D.P., The Earliest English Kings (London 1991)
McClure, J. & R.Collins, (eds.), Bede: the Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Oxford 1999).
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald (Redbird Press 2003)
Scarfe, N., The Suffolk Landscape (Hodder & Stoughton 1972, Alastair 1986)
Scarfe, N., Suffolk in the Middle Ages (Boydell 1986)
Warner, P., The Origins of Suffolk (Manchester 1996)


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