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Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Political Power

Rex gratia Dei

Author(s): Kathrin McCann

Language: English

Genre(s): Medieval Politics

Series: Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages

October 2018272 pages234x156mm

Hardback - 9781786832924 eBook - epub - 9781786832948 eBook - mobi - 9781786832955 eBook - pdf - 9781786832931

About The Book

Works on Anglo-Saxon kingship often take as their starting point the line from Beowulf: ‘that was a good king’. This monograph, however, explores what it means to be a king, and how kings defined their own kingship in opposition to other powers. Kings derived their royal power from a divine source, which led to conflicts between the interpreters of the divine will (the episcopate) and the individual wielding power (the king). Demonstrating how Anglo-Saxon kings were able to manipulate political ideologies to increase their own authority, this book explores the unique way in which Anglo-Saxon kings understood the source and nature of their power, and of their own authority.

Endorsements

‘Kathrin McCann’s study makes compelling reading for all those interested in the workings of early medieval kingship. McCann not only establishes the necessary theoretical framework with erudition and due consideration of the current scholarly discourse, but also illustrates her argument with a series of fascinating case studies.’
- Professor Thomas Honegger, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Timeline of Events
Introduction
Early Anglo-Saxon Politics
Diploma Politicum
The Anglo-Saxon Regina Gratia Dei
Reformers and Rulers
Rituals of King-Making
Conclusion
Appendix 1: Anglo-Saxon Kings
Appendix 2: Anglo-Saxon Archbishops
Appendix 3: Charter Elements
Table 1: Royal Styles
Table 2: Frequency of Legitimation Formulas
Table 3: Variants of Legitimation Formulas
Table 4: Historical Context
Table 5: Consecration Vocabulary in Charters
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Primary texts
Secondary texts
Websites

About the Author(s)

Kathrin McCann

Kathrin McCann research facilitator at the University of Oxford, Humanities Division, and affiliated with the Faculty of English.Kathrin McCann is the research funding manager at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany, after having worked in the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford for several years.

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