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After Alfred: Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and Chroniclers, 900-1150

Pauline Stafford


This book traces the development of a group of anonymous, vernacular, annalistic chronicles—‘the Anglo-Saxon chronicles’—from their genesis at the court of King Alfred to their end at the Fenland monastery of Peterborough. It reconsiders them in the light of wider European scholarship on the politics of history-writing. It covers all surviving manuscript chronicles, with detailed attention being paid to palaeography, layout, and content, and identifies key lost texts. It is concerned with production, scribe-authors, patrons, and audiences. The centuries these chronicles cover were critical to ... More

Keywords: chronicle, annal, Anglo-Saxon chronicles, medieval historiography, making of England, Norman Conquest, vernacular chronicling, history-writing, court, archbishop

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198859642
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198859642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pauline Stafford, author
Professor Emerita, University of Liverpool