The Saxons in England: Volume 2

The Saxons in England: Volume 2 : 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. Volume 2 discusses how England changed under the Saxons, focusing on the powers and functions of the king, the ruling elite and the clergy, the role of the urban and rural population, and the situation of the more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139094122
  • 9781139094122

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Book II. The Principles and Progress of the Change in England: 1. Growth of the kingly power; 2. The regalia or rights of royalty; 3. The king's court and household; 4. The ealdorman or duke; 5. The Gerefa; 6. The Witena Gemot; 7. The towns; 8. The bishop; 9. The clergy and monks; 10. The income of the clergy; 11. The poor; more