Anglo-Saxon Myths: State and Church, 400-1066 by Nicholas Brooks

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During this number of essays Nicholas Brooks explores the various earliest and such a lot difficult assets, either written and archaeological, for early English heritage. In his arms, the constitution and features of Anglo-Saxon foundation tales and charters (whether actual or solid) light up English political and social constructions, in addition to ecclesiastical, city and rural landscapes. in addition to formerly released essays, Anglo-Saxon Myths: kingdom and Church, 400-1066 encompasses a new account of the English starting place delusion and a evaluate of the advancements within the research of Anglo-Saxon charters over the past twenty years.

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Understanding of the peculiarities of Kent's early medieval archaeology and agriculture and of its political and administrative geography. A true synthesis of all these categories of evidence is much needed but would have to be of monograph length. Here it may be more useful to re-examine the written sources for the creation of the kingdom and for its early structure. Some of them have been subjected to critical, even hypercritical, analysis in recent years; others have come to bear an enormous superstructure of interpretation and conjecture that has been accepted widely and has been built into current models of settlement history.

The physical regions or pays are taken from A. Everitt, Continuity and Colonization: The Evolution of Kentish Settlement (Leicester, 1986). The earliest evidence for the boundary between the dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury is of the mid-eleventh century (81564). understanding of the peculiarities of Kent's early medieval archaeology and agriculture and of its political and administrative geography. A true synthesis of all these categories of evidence is much needed but would have to be of monograph length.

45 H. Fuhrmann, Einfluss und Verbreitung der pseudoisidorischen Falschungen, MGH Schriften, XXIV (Stuttgart, 1972-4). 46 W. Goffart, The Le Mans Forgeries (Cambridge, M A , 1966). 47 A. L. Brooke, Gilbert Foliot and his Letters (Cambridge, 1965), p. 127. 48 Clanchy, Memory to Written Record. 14 Anglo-Saxon Myths: State and Church 400-1066 their registers and rolls; but the mere fact that such records were known to exist made documentary forgery less safe. The tide of forgery of charters, then, reflects broad developments in European cultural history.

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