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The Earls of Mercia: Lordship and Power in Late Anglo-Saxon England

Stephen Baxter


This book constitutes a major reappraisal of the late Anglo-Saxon state on the eve of its demise. Its principal focus is the family of Ealdorman Leofwine, which obtained power in Mercia and retained it throughout an extraordinary period of political upheaval between 994 and 1071. In doing so it explores a paradox: that earls were extraordinarily wealthy and powerful yet distinctly insecure. The book contains the first extended treatment of earls' powers in late Anglo-Saxon England and shows that although they wielded considerable military, administrative and political powers, they remained vul ... More

Keywords: earls, Mercia, Norman Conquest, Domesday Book, politics, faction, government, power, lordship, land tenure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199230983
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Baxter, author
Lecturer in Medieval History at King's College London
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