Book Series Studies in the Early Middle Ages, vol. 37

England and the Continent in the Tenth Century

Studies in Honour of Wilhelm Levison (1876-1947)

David Rollason, Conrad Leyser, Hannah Williams (eds)

  • Pages: xxvi + 573 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:49 b/w, 11 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English, Old English, Old Norse
  • Publication Year:2011

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-53208-0
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"(...) the broad rang of the essays in this volume, and the high quality of many of them, make a fitting tribute to Wilhelm Levison's impressively wide scholarly range." (M. Gretsch, in: English Historical Review, CXXVII, 525, April 2012, p. 411-413)


Dedicated as a memorial to the great historian of England and the Continent in the eighth century, Wilhelm Levison, this book provides the widest and most in-depth exploration to date of relations between England and the Continent during an equally crucial period, the tenth century. The volume, which comes out of a sustained collaboration between English and Continental universities, contains thematically arranged essays by established leading specialists and also by younger scholars. By building on the approaches used by Levison as well as other methods that have been developed in the decades since his death, these essays tackle a broad range of questions: What routeways and modes of contact linked England with the Continent? How similar were attitudes to rulership and dynastic strategies? How did the law, the working of government, and the organization and culture of the church differ between England and the Continent? How was the past seen and represented on the two sides of the English Channel? In answering these questions, this volume offers news ways of exploring the links and developing the comparison between England and the Continent in the century after the collapse of the Carolingian Empire, a formative period for the development of Europe.



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List of Abbreviations

Introduction: England and the Continent - CONRAD LEYSER

Part I: Routeways, Contacts, and Attitudes

Routeways between England and the Continent in the Tenth Century - STÉPHANE LEBECQ AND ALBAN GAUTIER

Continental Germanic Personal Names in Tenth-Century England - JOHN INSLEY

Exiles, Abbots, Wives, and Messengers: Anglo-Saxons in the Tenth-Century Reich - ANDREAS BIHRER

Flemish Monasticism, Comital Power, and the Archbishops of Canterbury: A Written Legacy from the Late Tenth Century - STEVEN VANDERPUTTEN

An Itinerant English Master around the Millennium - RICHARD GAMESON

A Carolingian Scholar in the Court of King Æthelstan - MICHAEL WOOD

England and the Papacy in the Tenth Century - FRANCESCA TINTI

Relations between Fleury and England - MARCO MOSTERT

Part II: Kingship, Royal Models, and Dynastic Strategies

‘The King from Overseas’: Why Did Æthelstan Matter in Tenth-Century Continental Affairs? - VERONICA ORTENBERG

Dynastic Strategies: The West Saxon Royal Family in Europe - SARAH FOOT

Monastic Reform and Royal Ideology in the Late Tenth Century: Ælfthryth and Edgar in Continental Perspective - SIMON MACLEAN

Comparative Approaches to Anglo-Saxon and Ottonian Coronations - DAVID A. WARNER

Tenth-Century Kingship Comparatively - JANET L. NELSON

Part III: Law and the Working of Government

Kingship and Palaces in the Ottonian Realm and in the Kingdom of England - THOMAS ZOTZ

Written Law and the Communication of Authority in Tenth-Century England - DAVID PRATT

Legal Culture in Tenth-Century Lotharingia - CHARLES WEST

Part IV: The Church: Organization and Culture

Where are the Parishes? Where are the Minsters? The Organization of the Spanish Church in the Tenth Century - WENDY DAVIES

Pastoral Care before the Parish: Aspects of the Early Ecclesiastical Organization of Scandinavia, especially Sweden - STEFAN BRINK

The Early Pontificals: The Anglo-Saxon Evidence Reconsidered from a Continental Perspective - SARAH HAMILTON

The Divine Office and the Secular Clergy in Later Anglo-Saxon England - JESSE D. BILLETT

The Policy on Relic Translations of Baldwin II of Flanders (879–918), Edward of Wessex (899–924) and Æthelflaed of Mercia (d. 924): A Key to Anglo-Flemish Relations? - BRIGITTE MEIJNS

Part V: The Vision of the Past

The Interests of Historians in the Tenth Century - THOMAS F. X. NOBLE

Insular History? Forgery and the English Past in the Tenth Century - JULIA CRICK

The Image of Roman History in Anglo-Saxon England - YANN COZ