Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Edgar, King of the English 959-975: New Interpretations

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Edgar, King of the English 959-975: New Interpretations

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Edgar, King of the English 959-975: New Interpretations, ed. Donald Scragg, Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, Volume 8 (Woodbridge and Rochester, NY: The Boydell Press, 2008). xviii + 274 pp.; 9 illustrations. ISBN 978-1-84383-3 99-4. £5 5.00/$ 1 05 .00. This collection of essays (originating in an international conference held in Manchester in 2005) aims to reassess the achievements of King Edgar, 'the Pacific' or 'the Peaceable', whose reign has traditionally been thought of as uneventful because it was not subject to attack or internal strife. The volume is shaped by the remarkable changes within the period of Edgar's reign: redistribution of wealth as a result of the development of monastic power, the first national coinage and central fiscal control, and West Saxon rule over the whole of England and overlordship of Britain. Two essays by Simon Keynes discuss the documentary evidence, the second treating King Edgar's charters. …

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