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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 602: Care of the Past and Care of the King in the Reigns of Edmund, Eadred, and Eadwig

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Mary Blanchard, Department of History, Ave Maria University, Florida
Christopher Riedel, Department of History, Albion College, Michigan
Moderator/Chair:Charles Insley, Department of History, University of Manchester
Paper 602-aRepresentations of Past, Present, and Future Rulers in the Diplomas of England and East Francia, c. 930-980
(Language: English)
Alice Hicklin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 602-bEadgifu at Eadred's Court, Regis Mater or Caretaker?
(Language: English)
Mary Blanchard, Department of History, Ave Maria University, Florida
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Daily Life

This session explores the reigns of the English kings, Edmund (r. 939-946), Eadred (r. 946-955), and Eadwig (r. 955-959). It aims to bring the reigns of these often passed-over kings into the light through the re-examination of specific primary sources which produce varying representations of the past both during these kings' reigns and also concerning these kings' reigns - thus how the past was cared for in both Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman texts. This session will also explore the care of a king, specifically a sickly one and what that meant for the royal court. All three papers focus on these 'lost' 20 years and will aid in the development of a clearer picture of these decades. Together they will both illuminate our understanding of this understudied period and create a more unified view of the century between Alfred and Æthelred. This session is the sister session to 'Passed over Manuscripts and Forgotten Social Transformations in the reigns of Edmund, Eadred, and Eadwig'.