A Forgotten Century: Kings and Half-Kings in Tenth-century East Anglia
with Dr Lucy Marten
in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
|10.00||Coffee on arrival|
The Long Tenth Century: beginnings
|11.45||Rule from Wessex? Æthelstan Half-King and his family
According to the traditional interpretation of events, East Anglia was directly controlled by ealdormen appointed by the West Saxon kings of England from 932 onwards. This session will look at the evidence for that rule and examine the nature of East Anglian politics and society during the lifetimes of Ealdorman Æthelstan(known as ‘Half-King’) and his son, Æthelwine.
|12.45||Lunch break (bring picnic or eat in NT restaurant)|
|14:00||Religion and Politics
The tenth century is widely celebrated as a time of monastic reform and growth throughout England, which put the country at the forefront of European culture. This is the period when the great Fenland monasteries of Ely, Ramsey, Crowland and Peterborough were and re-founded. We will examine exactly what was happening in East Anglia and the part played by the political élite of the region.
|15:15||Abbo’s Life of King Edmund and the tenth century
This session look at the most famous historical text known to have been written about the region, the Life of St Edmund, written by Abbo of Fleury around 985. We will examine why and for whom it was written. The answers provide insights into the politics of East Anglia in the tenth century and help to explain events as the first millennium approached and the Danish attacks intensified.
Lucy Marten completed her Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia in 2005. She has published articles on the shiring of Norfolk and Suffolk, Norman castles, East Anglian rebellion, and Little Domesday. A former Director of the Centre of East Anglian Studies at UEA, she is currently an honorary lecturer in the School of History, and is writing a book entitled The South Folk and the Northmen: Suffolk 840-1086.
Janet Fairweather, Liber Eliensis: A History of the Isle of Ely from the Seventh Century to the Twelfth, compiled by a Monk of Ely in the Twelfth Century (Woodbridge, 2005).
C.R. Hart, ‘Æthelstan ‘Half-King’ and his Family’, Anglo-Saxon England 2 (1973), pp. 115-144 and in his volume, The Danelaw (London, 1992)
Jane Kershaw,‘Culture and Gender in the Danelaw: Scandinavian and Anglo-Scandinavian Brooches’, Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 5 (2009), pp. 295-325.
L.Marten, ‘The Shiring of East Anglia: an alternative hypothesis’, Historical Research 81 (2008), pp. 1-27
A. Williams, Kingship and Government in Pre-Conquest England, c. 500–1066 (London, 1999)
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