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Scale change – Kingstons and royal power in the middle Anglo-Saxon England, c. AD 650–850

Brookes, SJ; (2016) Scale change – Kingstons and royal power in the middle Anglo-Saxon England, c. AD 650–850. In: Christensen, L and Lemm, T and Pedersen, A, (eds.) Husebyer – status quo, open questions and perspectives. (pp. 107-120). University Press of Southern Denmark: Copenhagen, Denmark. Green open access

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Abstract

Several questions surrounding the origin and function of Husebyer are familiar to students of Anglo-Saxon England. Here too, there is evidence that the power of kings became, over the course of the early medieval period, increasingly territorial in character. Controls over movement, the diversification and extension of royal institutions, the tightening of systems of taxation and administration – all facets addressed by Huseby research – find parallels in England, particularly during the period c. AD 650-850. Some of these developments appear to be driven by kings, or the church; many others would seem to have emerged from the class of lesser nobles. Several recent works have addressed aspects of these processes at great length (e.g. Astill 2000; Hanson & Wickham 2000; Wickham 2005; Rippon 2010; Loveluck 2013), so they need not be given more than cursory treatment here. Instead, I would like to use this paper to discuss an interesting category of site in Anglo-Saxon England, places named Kingston that – though not identical to Husebyer – would seem similarly to encapsulate some of the broader processes of territorialisation.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Scale change – Kingstons and royal power in the middle Anglo-Saxon England, c. AD 650–850
ISBN-13: 978-87-7602-333-1
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.universitypress.dk/shop/husebyer-statu...
Language: English
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Keywords: Anglo-Saxon, England
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1541012
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