IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1001: New Perspectives on the Reign of King Æthelstan

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Robert Gallagher, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Charles Insley, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Paper 1001-aRemaking a 10th-Century Kingdom: Coins, Charters, and Projections of Kingship in the Reign of Æthelstan
(Language: English)
Rory Naismith, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Numismatics, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1001-bThe Continental Script Influences at the Court of King Æthelstan
(Language: English)
Colleen Curran, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1001-cLatin Vocabulary at the Court of King Æthelstan
(Language: English)
Robert Gallagher, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The 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.