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The Formation of the English Kingdom in the Tenth Century

George Molyneaux


This book’s central argument is that the English kingdom which existed at the time of the Norman Conquest was defined by the geographical parameters of a set of administrative reforms implemented in the mid- to late tenth century, and not by a vision of English unity going back to Alfred the Great (871–99). In the first half of the tenth century, Edward the Elder (899–924) and Æthelstan (924–39) established a loose domination over the other great potentates in Britain. Æthelstan was celebrated as king of the whole island, but it appears that even in his West Saxon heartlands he had few means t ... More

Keywords: Æthelstan, Alfred the Great, Anglo-Saxon, Britain, Cerdicing, Edgar, English kingdom, hundred, shire, tenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198717911
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Molyneaux, author
Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford