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East Anglia and the Kingdom of Kent

One of the pair of gold, garnet, blue & millefiori glass pyramidal mounts from the Sutton Hoo sword fittings – the blue glass may have come from Kent (British Museum)

with Dr Sam Newton

at the Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, July 13th 2013.

East Anglia and the Kingdom of Kent. On the festival-day of the Kentish princess St Mildred of Thanet, a reassessment of the relations between the Wuffing dynasty of East Anglia and the Æscing dynasty of Kent during the seventh century, as indicated by archaeology, art, and documentary sources.

In his justly famous book, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, published in 731, the Northumbrian monk and scholar Bede tells us that East Anglian king Rædwald was baptised in Kent under the auspices of his then overlord, King Æthelbert of Kent (died 24th February 616). This is one of several links which establish a close relationship between East Anglia and Kent during these most interesting times, a relationship which can also be inferred from the evidence of archaeology, especially as revealed by the brilliance of art and design of gold, garnet, and blue glass jewellery. We shall consider the significance of East Anglo-Kentish relations in the course of the seventh century.

Provisional Programme
(There may be variations to the programme on the day)
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 King Rædwald and the Kingdom of Kent  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Sutton Hoo and the Kentish Connection  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Rædwald’s Heirs and the Kingdom of Kent  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 St Seaxburh: East Anglian princess, Kentish
queen, king mother, abbess, and saint
  16:20 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D. at U.E.A. 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 an independent 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)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
Coatsworth, E., & M. Pinder, The Art of the Anglo-Saxon Goldsmith – Fine Metalwork in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Practice and Practitioners (Boydell 2002)
Dunn, M., The Christianization of the Anglo-Saxons, c.597–c.700 (London, 2009)
Evans, A.C., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986)
Farmer, D.H., The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford 1978)
Gallyon, M., The Early Church in Eastern England (Lavenham 1973)
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; 3rd edn, Philadelphia 1991)
McClure, J. & R.Collins, (eds.), Bede: the Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Oxford 1999)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald: The Story of the King linked to the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (Redbird 2003)
North, R., Heathen Gods in Old English Literature Cambridge 1997)
Sherley-Price, L., Bede: A History of the English Church and People (Penguin Classics 1955, 1968)
Speake, G., Anglo-Saxon Animal Art (Oxford 1980)
Webster, L., & J.Backhouse, The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (British Museum 1991)
Witney. K.P., The Kingdom of Kent (Phillimore 1982).


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