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The Staffordshire Hoard and the Rise and Fall of Mercia

One of the gold cloisonné pyramid mounts from the Staffordshire Hoard (NLM451): note the paired eagle forms (

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 16th January 2010

A preliminary look at some of the recently revealed Mercian royal treasures from Staffordshire. In their golden light we shall take a fresh look at the history of the kingdom of Mercia and of early England, and suggest possible contexts for the accumulation and burial of the hoard.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Staffordshire Hoard  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Rise of Mercia  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Mercian Triumph  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Mercian Tragedy  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at UEA in 1991 and is the author of The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (1993), and The Reckoning of King Rædwald, (2003). He has lectured widely around the country and has contributed to many radio and television programmes, most recently Michael Wood on Beowulf, shown on BBC4. He is also a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Backhouse, J. The Lindisfarne Gospels (Oxford 1981)
Brown, M.P., & C.A.Farr, Mercia, an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom in Europe (Leicester 2001)
Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
Chaney, W.A., The Cult of Kingship in Anglo-Saxon England (Manchester 1970)
Coatsworth, E., & M. Pinder, The Art of the Anglo-Saxon Goldsmith – Fine Metalwork in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Practice and Practitioners (Boydell 2002)
Evans, A., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986)
Heaney, Seamus (tr.) Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition, ed. J.Niles (Norton 2007)
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)
Hines, J. (ed.), The Anglo-Saxons from the Migration Period to the Eighth Century: An Ethnographic Perspective (Boydell 2003)
Kirby, D.P., The Earliest English Kings (London 1991)
Mayr-Harting, H., The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford 1977)
McClure, J. & R.Collins, (eds.), Bede: the Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Oxford 1999)
Mitchell, B., An Invitation to Old English and Anglo-Saxon England (Blackwell 1994)
Myres, J., The English Settlements (Oxford 1986)
Newton, S. The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993, 2004)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald: The Story of the King linked to the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (Redbird 2003)
Rackham, O., The Illustrated History of the Countryside (Phoenix, 1997)
Speake, G., Anglo-Saxon Animal Art (Oxford 1980)
Stenton, F., Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford 1971)
Swanton, M., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Dent 1996; Phoenix 2000)
Webster, L., & J.Backhouse, The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (British Museum 1991)
Yorke, B., Kings and Kingdoms of Early Anglo-Saxon England (Seaby 1990)
Zaluckyj, S., Mercia – the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Central England (Longaston Press 2001)


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