Category Archives: Anglo-Saxon Law

Crowns and Helmets

I am currently writing about the transfer of power in East Anglia in the years 634/5, when Sigeberht retired into his monastery at Beodricesworth (Bury St Edmunds) and Ethelric became sole king of the East Angles. Now, I have been … Continue reading

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The Limits of Wergeld

I am currently wrestling with a problem and I would very much value any advice as to where I might find the answer. In theory, as I understand it, when someone was killed, there was a price on their life … Continue reading

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Women and Land Ownership

As so often seems to be the case, our sources for women’s rights in Anglo-Saxon England are very much better than our sources for women’s rights in early medieval Wales. However, there are some law codes to draw upon for … Continue reading

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Did Breguswith Kill Hereric?

The story that I am writing concerns a real murder, which took place in the early 7th century in the British kingdom of Elmet. This murder is unusual (the whole genre of crime fiction notwithstanding) because we don’t know who … Continue reading

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