Session1001
TitleNew Perspectives on the Reign of King Æthelstan
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 09.00-10.30
 
OrganiserRobert Gallagher, School of History, University of Kent
 
Moderator/ChairCharles Insley, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies / Department of History, University of Manchester
 
Paper 1001-a Remaking a 10th-Century Kingdom: Coins, Charters, and Projections of Kingship in the Reign of Æthelstan
(Language: English)
Rory Naismith, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic / Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Numismatics; Political Thought; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1001-b The Continental Script Influences at the Court of King Æthelstan
(Language: English)
Colleen Curran, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography; Political Thought; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1001-c Latin Vocabulary at the Court of King Æthelstan
(Language: English)
Robert Gallagher, School of History, University of Kent
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Latin; Political Thought; Politics and Diplomacy
 
AbstractThe reign of King Æthelstan (924/5-939) is widely recognised as an extraordinary period in the history of Anglo-Saxon England. Æthelstan has often been heralded as the 'first king of England', while the multilingual make-up of his court attests to the high esteem with which contemporaries across Europe held this king. The political and cultural developments of these fifteen years, meanwhile, have been seen by several scholars as having deep and long-lasting consequences. The three papers in this session offer new insights into Æthelstan's reign, respectively examining contemporary views of kingship, script developments, and Latin literary production; together they provide an opportunity for new reflection on this time of exceptional dynamism.