This volume draws together a series of papers that present some of the most up-to-date thinking on the history, archaeology and toponymy of Wessex and Anglo-Saxon England more broadly. In honour of one of early medieval European scholarship’s most illustrious doyennes, no less than twenty-nine contributions demonstrate the indelible impression Barbara Yorke’s work has made on her peers and a generation of new scholars, some of whom have benefitted directly from her tutorage.
From the identities that emerged in the immediate post-Roman period, through to the development of kingdoms, the role of the church, and impacts felt beyond the eleventh century, the rich and diverse character of the studies presented here are testimony to the versatility and extensive range of the honorand’s contribution to the academic field.
Alexander James Langlands , PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval History, Archaeology at the College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University. His interests include Anglo-Saxon Wessex, early medieval landscapes, and the history and archaeology of craft. His latest monograph is The Ancient Ways of Wessex: Travel and Communication in an Early Medieval Landscape (Windgather, 2019).
Ryan Lavelle , PhD, is Professor of Early Medieval History at Winchester University. His research interests include royal landholding in Wessex, political relations in England and northern France in the ninth to eleventh centuries, and early medieval warfare. Cnut, The North Sea King was published in the Penguin Monarch Series in 2017. Next publication: His Places of Rebellion: Contesting Landscapes of Power in England and France, c.830-1100 , (Boydell & Brewer, 2020).
This book will appeal to historians, archaeologists and place-name scholars of the early medieval period and those interested in more specifically in the Anglo-Saxon world and the kingdom of Wessex.