Money and Power in Anglo-Saxon England: The Southern English by Rory Naismith

By Rory Naismith

This groundbreaking examine of coinage in early medieval England is the 1st to take account of the very major additions to the corpus of southern English cash stumbled on in recent times and to situate this proof in the wider old context of Anglo-Saxon England and its continental neighbours. Its 9 chapters combine ancient and numismatic learn to discover who made early medieval coinage, who used it and why. The forex emerges as an important source obtainable throughout society and, via research of its construction, movement and use, the writer indicates that keep watch over over coinage can be a significant asset. This keep watch over was once guided as a lot through ideology as via economics and embraced numerous degrees of strength, from kings all the way down to person craftsmen. Thematic in procedure, this leading edge e-book deals an interesting, wide-ranging account of Anglo-Saxon coinage as a special and revealing gauge for the interplay of society, economic system and executive.

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78 P. Sawyer, ‘Kings and Merchants’, in Early Medieval Kingship, ed. P. H.  N. Wood (Leeds, 1977), pp. 139–58; Devroey, Puissants et misérables, pp. 328–44. 79 Pseudo-Cyprian, De duodecim abusivis saeculi (ed. Hellmann, p. 52). 80 How they and their Anglo-Saxon counterparts maintained the balance of power and society, and how effectively they responded to various needs and developments, requires more specific treatment of the different resources available in eighth- and ninth-century England – in other words, of what resources power consisted.

22–33. For further discussion and a case study see B. Rosenwein, Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe (Manchester, 1999), pp. 6–9 and 137–55.  L. Nelson, ‘Kingship and Empire in the Carolingian World’, in Carolingian Culture: Emulation and Innovation, ed. R. McKitterick (Cambridge, 1994), pp. 52–87, at 61–5. Cf. J. Fried, ‘Das karolingische Herrschaftsverband im 9. Jh. zwischen “Kirche” und “Köngishaus”’, Historische Zeitschrift 235 (1982), 1–43.

39–58, esp. 55–8. 8 For the development of this socially conceived view, see H. Keller, Ottonische Königsherrschaft. Organisation und Legitimation königlicher Macht (Darmstadt, 2002), pp. 22–33. For further discussion and a case study see B. Rosenwein, Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe (Manchester, 1999), pp. 6–9 and 137–55.  L. Nelson, ‘Kingship and Empire in the Carolingian World’, in Carolingian Culture: Emulation and Innovation, ed. R. McKitterick (Cambridge, 1994), pp.

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