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Wuffing Education

The Heirs of King Rædwald

Ixworth Cross

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 10th February 2007

Our main source for the period, Bede’s Ecclesiastical History, tells us that the reign of Rædwald’s son Eorpwald ended in assassination and uncertainty but by c.631 the kingdom was stable enough for his step-son Sigeberht to succeed. He established St Felix as the first bishop of the Eastern Angles at Dommoc and St Fursey at Cnobheresburh, the sites of which we shall consider.

Sigeberht himself appears to have been the first English king to abdicate to become a monk, and died a martyr in battle against the Mercian king Penda, c.640, who continued to dominate Britain during the reigns of the next two kings, Rædwald's nephews Anna (or Onna), father of saints, and Æthelhere. The former was killed in battle by Penda, perhaps at Bulcamp (c.654), while the latter was killed at the Battle of Winwæd (c.655) as an ally of Penda, who also died there. We shall attempt to locate the sites of these events and to elucidate something of the drama behind them.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Rædwald's Sons - Eorpwald & Sigeberht  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 St Felix and the Dommoc Question  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 Rædwald's Nephews and the Coming of Penda  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Rædwald's Nephews and the Fall of Penda  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D in 1991 and published his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, in 1993. Since then he has worked as an independent scholar in 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)
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)
Kirby, D.P., The Earliest English Kings (London 1991)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald (Redbird 2003)
Scarfe, N., The Suffolk Landscape (Hodder & Stoughton 1972, Alastair 1986)
Warner, P., The Origins of Suffolk (Manchester 1996)


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