Collapse, Reconfiguration or Renegotiation? The Strange End of the Mercian Kingdom, 850-924

Insley, Charles (2016) Collapse, Reconfiguration or Renegotiation? The Strange End of the Mercian Kingdom, 850-924. Reti Medievali Rivista, 17 (2). pp. 231-249. ISSN 1593-2214

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Abstract

The Kingdom of Mercians is generally assumed to have come to an end, largely as a result of Viking incursions, in the late ninth century; from the 880s its rulers seem to have been under the authority of Alfred the Great, king of the West Saxons. This essay argues that we should not see the end of the Mercian kingdom simply in terms of collapse, but also in terms of renegotiation, as the Mercian political elite sought, in the first few decades of the tenth century, to place themselves at the heart of a new political entity, the kingdom of the Anglo-Saxons, later the kingdom of the English.

Tipologia del documento: Articolo in rivista
Informazioni aggiuntive: Nella sezione monografica: "The collapse of the early medieval European kingdoms (8th-9th centuries)", a cura di Iñaki Martín Viso. - An early version of this essay was presented at the "El colapso de los reinos de la Europa altomedieval (siglos VIII-IX) symposium at the University of Salamanca".
Parole chiave: Vikings, Æthelflæd, Æthelstan, Edward the Elder, Identity
Soggetto: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Depositato da: dr Vincenzo De Luise
Depositato il: 27 Dic 2016 14:55
Ultima modifica: 27 Dic 2016 14:55
URI: http://www.rmoa.unina.it/id/eprint/4442

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