By Pauline Stafford
Drawing on 28 unique essays, A significant other to the Early heart Ages takes an inclusive method of the background of england and eire from c.500 to c.1100 to beat man made differences of recent nationwide limitations.
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20 The latter saw England from a European, speciﬁcally an early medieval German, standpoint. Rees Davies’s awareness arose from the perspective of a wider British history, in which England was a constant conscious or unconscious comparison. Assessments of England and its historiography are central not only to its study, but also to that of its neighbors in these islands. And, in turn, study of them can perhaps open up questions about England. It is hoped that this volume might be in some ways a small contribution to this endeavor.
This new approach is much more concerned with identity than numbers, and employs a much more ﬂuid and situational reading of it. It is an approach that is arguably part of the much wider phenomenon of new cultural history, and it has characterized a swathe of important work on this period across Europe. It is central, for example, to the work on ethnogenesis that has dominated study of the late antique and earliest medieval centuries since World War II. ” Ethnicity raises questions about group and individual identity, and emphasizes this as malleable, ﬂuid, situational, and subjective.
England and Ireland are marked by the relative wealth of surviving evidence, Wales and Scotland by its paucity. Modern boundaries are misleading here. In fact, the contrast is between England south of the Trent/Humber and southern, especially south-eastern, Ireland, on the one hand, and northern England, Wales, and Scotland and Ireland’s northern half, on the other. Further enquiry reveals even more regional diversity. In southern England, for example, the Fenlands and western East Anglia are an island of more detailed documentation in the later tenth and eleventh centuries.
A Companion to the Early Middle Ages: Britain and Ireland, c.500-c.1100 by Pauline Stafford