The Saxons in England: Volume 1

The Saxons in England: Volume 1 : A History of the English Commonwealth till the Period of the Norman Conquest

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This monumental 1849 publication was the first detailed analysis to compare Anglo-Saxon institutions with those of other Germanic peoples. The philologist and historian Kemble (1807-57) was born into a renowned family of actors, trained at Cambridge for both the bar and the church, but devoted his career to Germanic philology and Old English. His studies resulted in several books including a Beowulf edition (1833), a pioneering six-volume edition of Anglo-Saxon charters (Codex Diplomaticus Aevi Saxonici, 1839-48), and the posthumous Horae Ferales (1863), together with articles and translations in periodicals. He also corresponded for many years with Jacob Grimm. The Saxons drew heavily on Kemble's work on the charters. This, the first of two volumes, argues for the early presence of the Saxons in Britain and investigates their laws and institutions, emphasising the relationship between land ownership and rank in the Anglo-Saxon social order.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139094114
  • 9781139094115

Table of contents

Preface; Book I. The Original Settlement of the Anglo-Saxon Commonwealth: 1. Saxon and Welsh traditions; 2. The mark; 3. The Ga or Scir; 4. Landed possession; 5. Personal rank; 6. The king; 7. The noble by service; 8. The unfree; 9. The mutual guarantee; 10. F'hde; 11. Folcland; 12. Heathendom; Appendix.
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