Monthly Archives: January 2017

More Thoughts on Social Identity in Early Modern Britain

Overall, this is a very useful volume but as I continued reading, my enthusiasm did wane somewhat. I am not sure that the debate about identity was moved along very much, but what did emerge was the idea of individual … Continue reading

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Bretwaldas and Alex Woolf

This post continues my musings on the volume: Social Identity in Early Medieval Britain. Chapter 5 is an essay by Alex Woolf entitled ‘Community, Identity and Kingship in Early England.’ The first half of the chapter is devoted to ideas … Continue reading

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Mentalite and Writing About Early Modern Britain

I have just discovered a fascinating book: Social Identity in Early Modern Britain, (William O. Frazer and Andrew Tyrrell, eds, Leicester University Press, 2000). This is a collection of essays by some of my favourite scholars in the field (including Alex … Continue reading

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Penda’s Sisters; Cynegils’ Daughters

  I am currently writing about what must surely have been a very interesting meeting in the year 635. This was the year when Bishop Birinus baptised King Cynegils of Wessex/ the Gewisse in the River Thames near what is … Continue reading

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