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Northumbria, 500–1100
Creation and Destruction of a Kingdom

  • Date Published: October 2007
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521041027

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  • This book deals with the rise and fall of the kingdom of Northumbria. It examines the mechanisms of ethnic, political, social and religious change which, beginning after the end of the Roman Empire, welded the large and disparate area between the Humber and the Firth of Forth into one of the most powerful kingdoms of early medieval England, and those which led to its disintegration and its replacement by political structures of northern England and southern Scotland. The story is set in a wider European context so that the history of Northumbria is seen as paradigmatic for an understanding of state formation and religious and cultural change in the early medieval world. Full attention is given to archaeological and art-historical material, and the extent to which narrative sources were shaped by sectional interests and created imagined visions of the past.

    • Deals with the development of Northumbria from the beginning of its history to its demise as a kingdom
    • Offers discussions of historical sources, art objects, coins, buildings, archaeological sites - with copious illustration
    • Brings out the general themes of Northumbrian history which relate to fundamental issues of the evolution of states
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    'This is an erudite volume.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    'This book is an important contribution to the history both of Britain and Europe in the Early Middle Ages, and particularly significant for focusing on a failed State in a period when the success stories - such as Frankia, Wessex and, later, England - get most attention … this is a major and generally well-produced work and is to be welcomed.' N. J. Higham University of Manchester, Northern History

    '… displays the clarity, coherence and matured thinking which are the best fruits of good teaching … For students this book will be immensely useful, and it contains arguments and judgments with which specialists will have to engage from now on.' History

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    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521041027
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 37 b/w illus. 10 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of figures
    List of maps
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Northumbria: map for general reference
    Part I. The Kingdom of Northumbria:
    1. Kingdoms, peoples and nations: Northumbria in context
    2. The kingdom of Northumbria: frontiers and heartlands
    Part II. The Creation of Northumbria:
    3. The Northumbrians: origins of a people
    4. Culture and identity in pre-Viking Northumbria
    5. The framework of power: government, aristocracy and the church
    Part III. The Destruction of Northumbria:
    6. The Northumbrian 'successor states' - (a) The fragmentation of Northumbria, 866/7–c. 1100
    (b) The Viking kingdom of York: political transformation?
    (c) The Viking kingdom of York: ethnic transformation?
    (d) The Viking kingdom of York: cultural transformation?
    (e) North of the river Tees: the 'liberty' of the community of St Cuthbert and the earls of Bamburgh
    (f) Cumbria
    7. The English and Scottish impact: partition and absorption of the Northumbrian 'sucessor states' - (a) The west Saxon kings and the kings of England
    (b) The kings of Scots and the origins of the Scottish border
    (c) The Norman kings of England
    (d) The shadow of the past
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    David Rollason, University of Durham
    David Rollason is Professor of History, University of Durham.

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