IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 101: Anglo-Saxon England through its Outsiders

Monday 11 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Sarah Foot, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:John Blair, Queen's College, University of Oxford
Paper 101-a'Other Histories' of Anglo-Saxon England: East Anglia and Mercia
(Language: English)
Morn D. T. Capper, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 101-bModern Typologies and Medieval Social Exclusion: The Case of Wessex
(Language: English)
Martha Riddiford, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 101-cEngland and the Continent: Hegemony, Universality, and Difference
(Language: English)
James Palmer, School of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship

This session explores new methodologies for understanding Anglo-Saxon England through the study of peoples peripheral to mainstream Anglo-Saxon historiogrpahy. ‘Outsiders’ in this case could mean Anglo-Saxon kingdoms like East Anglia – discussed here by Morn Capper from an interdisciplinary perspective – who enforced little political or cultural hegemony over their neighbours. Can we understand their situation? Martha Riddiford, meanwhile, will explore the benefits of employing modern typologies to understand social exclusion in the powerful West Saxon kingdom of the ninth and tenth centuries. Finally, James Palmer asks what modern historians might mean by separating ‘England and the continent’, examining some of the medieval and modern perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England’s place in Europe in the eighth century.