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England and the Continent in the Tenth Century
Studies in Honour of Wilhelm Levison (1876-1947)

D. RollasonC. LeyserH. Williams (eds.)

Dedicated as a memorial to the great historian of England and the Continent in the eighth century, Wilhelm Levison, this book provides the widest and most in-depth exploration to date of relations between England and the Continent during an equally crucial period, the tenth century. The volume, which comes out of a sustained collaboration between English and Continental universities, contains thematically arranged essays by established leading specialists and also by younger scholars. By building on the approaches used by Levison as well as other methods that have been developed in the decades since his death, these essays tackle a broad range of questions: What routeways and modes of contact linked England with the Continent? How similar were attitudes to rulership and dynastic strategies? How did the law, the working of government, and the organization and culture of the church differ between England and the Continent? How was the past seen and represented on the two sides of the English Channel? In answering these questions, this volume offers news ways of exploring the links and developing the comparison between England and the Continent in the century after the collapse of the Carolingian Empire, a formative period for the development of Europe.


  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction: England and the Continent – CONRAD LEYSER

Part I: Routeways, Contacts, and Attitudes

  • Routeways between England and the Continent in the Tenth Century – STÉPHANE LEBECQ AND ALBAN GAUTIER
  • Continental Germanic Personal Names in Tenth-Century England – JOHN INSLEY
  • Exiles, Abbots, Wives, and Messengers: Anglo-Saxons in the Tenth-Century Reich – ANDREAS BIHRER
  • Flemish Monasticism, Comital Power, and the Archbishops of Canterbury: A Written Legacy from the Late Tenth Century – STEVEN VANDERPUTTEN
  • An Itinerant English Master around the Millennium – RICHARD GAMESON
  • A Carolingian Scholar in the Court of King Æthelstan – MICHAEL WOOD
  • England and the Papacy in the Tenth Century – FRANCESCA TINTI
  • Relations between Fleury and England – MARCO MOSTERT

Part II: Kingship, Royal Models, and Dynastic Strategies

  • ‘The King from Overseas’: Why Did Æthelstan Matter in Tenth-Century Continental Affairs? – VERONICA ORTENBERG
  • Dynastic Strategies: The West Saxon Royal Family in Europe – SARAH FOOT
  • Monastic Reform and Royal Ideology in the Late Tenth Century: Ælfthryth and Edgar in Continental Perspective – SIMON MACLEAN
  • Comparative Approaches to Anglo-Saxon and Ottonian Coronations – DAVID A. WARNER
  • Tenth-Century Kingship Comparatively – JANET L. NELSON

Part III: Law and the Working of Government

  • Kingship and Palaces in the Ottonian Realm and in the Kingdom of England – THOMAS ZOTZ
  • Written Law and the Communication of Authority in Tenth-Century England – DAVID PRATT
  • Legal Culture in Tenth-Century Lotharingia – CHARLES WEST

Part IV: The Church: Organization and Culture

  • Where are the Parishes? Where are the Minsters? The Organization of the Spanish Church in the Tenth Century – WENDY DAVIES
  • Pastoral Care before the Parish: Aspects of the Early Ecclesiastical Organization of Scandinavia, especially Sweden – STEFAN BRINK
  • The Early Pontificals: The Anglo-Saxon Evidence Reconsidered from a Continental Perspective – SARAH HAMILTON
  • The Divine Office and the Secular Clergy in Later Anglo-Saxon England – JESSE D. BILLETT
  • The Policy on Relic Translations of Baldwin II of Flanders (879–918), Edward of Wessex (899–924) and Æthelflaed of Mercia (d. 924): A Key to Anglo-Flemish Relations? – BRIGITTE MEIJNS

Part V: The Vision of the Past

  • The Interests of Historians in the Tenth Century – THOMAS F. X. NOBLE
  • Insular History? Forgery and the English Past in the Tenth Century – JULIA CRICK
  • The Image of Roman History in Anglo-Saxon England – YANN COZ
  • Index
  • Hardcover: 573 pages
  • Publisher: Brepols Publishers (March 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 250353208X
  • ISBN-13: 978-2503532080

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