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St Edmund and the Last of the Wuffings

St Edmund Icon [Original painting by Helen Macildowie-Jenkins, 1997]

with Dr Sam Newton

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 19th November, 2011

Our primary source is The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, wherein the entries concerning Edmund’s death on 20th November, 869, imply that he was killed in battle defending the kingdom of East Anglia against the Danish micel here, 'Great Army', led by Ivarr the Boneless and his brothers, the sons of Ragnarr Lothbrok.
We shall assess these entries in relation to the evidence of contemporary coinage and later legendary material, especially the stirring Old English version of Abbo’s Passio Sancti Edmundi. We shall also try to chart something of the history of Danish East Anglia and the rise of the cult of St Edmund.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Wuffing Kingdom of East Anglia  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Coming of the Ragnarrsons  
  12.45 Lunch break (bring picnic or eat in NT restaurant)  
  14:00 The Martyrdom of St Edmund  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Cult of St Edmund  
  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 as a free-lance scholar and has contributed to many radio and television programmes. He is also a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Bale, A. (ed.), St Edmund, king and martyr: changing images of a medieval saint (Woodbridge 2009).
Hart, C., The Danelaw (Hambledon 1992).
Gransden, Antonia, “The legends and traditions concerning the origins of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds” English Historical Review, 100 (1985), pp.1-14.
Gransden, A. (ed.), Bury St Edmunds: Medieval Art, Architecture, Archaeology and Economy, British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, 20 (1998).
Keynes, S., & M. Lapidge (ed. & tr.), Alfred the Great: Asser’s Life of King Alfred and other contemporary sources (Penguin Classics 1983).
Licence, T., ‘The Norwich narrative and the East Anglian bishopric’, Norfolk Archaeology 45 (2007), 198-204.
Licence, T., ‘History and hagiography in the late eleventh century: the life and work of Herman the archdeacon, monk of Bury St Edmunds’, English Historical Review 124 (2009), 516-44.
Magnusson, Magnus, The Vikings ( rev.ed. Tempus 2000).
Scarfe, N., Suffolk in the Middle Ages (Boydell 1986).
Smyth, A., Scandinavian Kings in the British Isles 850-880 (Oxford 1977).
Smyth, A., King Alfred the Great (Oxford 1995).
Swanton, M., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Phoenix 2000).
Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. (eds.), The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (London 1991).
Whitelock, Dorothy, “Fact and Fiction in the Legend of St Edmund”, Pro-ceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History, 31 (1970), pp.217-33.


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