Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Political Power

Rex gratia Dei

Awdur(on) Kathrin McCann

Iaith: Saesneg

Dosbarthiad(au): Medieval, Politics

Cyfres: Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages

  • Hydref 2018 · 272 tudalen ·234x156mm

  • · Clawr Caled - 9781786832924
  • · eLyfr - pdf - 9781786832931
  • · eLyfr - epub - 9781786832948

Am y llyfr

Works on Anglo-Saxon kingship often take as their starting point the line from Beowulf: ‘that was a good king’. This monograph, however, explores what it means to be a king, and how kings defined their own kingship in opposition to other powers. Kings derived their royal power from a divine source, which led to conflicts between the interpreters of the divine will (the episcopate) and the individual wielding power (the king). Demonstrating how Anglo-Saxon kings were able to manipulate political ideologies to increase their own authority, this book explores the unique way in which Anglo-Saxon kings understood the source and nature of their power, and of their own authority.


‘Kathrin McCann’s study makes compelling reading for all those interested in the workings of early medieval kingship. McCann not only establishes the necessary theoretical framework with erudition and due consideration of the current scholarly discourse, but also illustrates her argument with a series of fascinating case studies.’
-Professor Thomas Honegger, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena


Timeline of Events
Early Anglo-Saxon Politics
Diploma Politicum
The Anglo-Saxon Regina Gratia Dei
Reformers and Rulers
Rituals of King-Making
Appendix 1: Anglo-Saxon Kings
Appendix 2: Anglo-Saxon Archbishops
Appendix 3: Charter Elements
Table 1: Royal Styles
Table 2: Frequency of Legitimation Formulas
Table 3: Variants of Legitimation Formulas
Table 4: Historical Context
Table 5: Consecration Vocabulary in Charters
Primary texts
Secondary texts

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