Money and Power in Anglo-Saxon England

Money and Power in Anglo-Saxon England : The Southern English Kingdoms, 757-865

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This groundbreaking study of coinage in early medieval England is the first to take account of the very significant additions to the corpus of southern English coins discovered in recent years and to situate this evidence within the wider historical context of Anglo-Saxon England and its continental neighbours. Its nine chapters integrate historical and numismatic research to explore who made early medieval coinage, who used it and why. The currency emerges as a significant resource accessible across society and, through analysis of its production, circulation and use, the author shows that control over coinage could be a major asset. This control was guided as much by ideology as by economics and embraced several levels of power, from kings down to individual craftsmen. Thematic in approach, this innovative book offers an engaging, wide-ranging account of Anglo-Saxon coinage as a unique and revealing gauge for the interaction of society, economy and government.
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  • Electronic book text | 376 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 147 b/w illus. 2 maps 10 tables
  • 1139211226
  • 9781139211222

About Rory Naismith

Rory Naismith is a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, working in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge and the Department of Coins and Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Money in its political context; 3. Looking at coinage: iconography and inscriptions; 4. Authority and minting I: the King; 5. Authority and minting II: mints, die-cutters and moneyers; 6. Value judgements: weight and fineness; 7. Production of coinage; 8. The circulation of coinage; 9. The nature of coin-use in the early Middle Ages; 10. Conclusion.
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"This is a well-crafted, rigorously researched book, supported by an extensive bibliography. Naismith uses all of the evidence available to explore the relationship of money and power in the Southern Kingdom in the century between the reign of Offa and the arrival of the Viking Great Army." -Tony Abramson, The Journal of British Studies
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