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During this selection of essays Nicholas Brooks explores a number of the earliest and such a lot frustrating resources, either written and archaeological, for early English heritage. In his arms, the constitution and capabilities of Anglo-Saxon starting place tales and charters (whether genuine or cast) light up English political and social buildings, in addition to ecclesiastical, city and rural landscapes. in addition to formerly released essays, Anglo-Saxon Myths: country and Church, 400-1066 contains a new account of the English starting place fantasy and a evaluate of the advancements within the examine of Anglo-Saxon charters over the past twenty years.

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1 Eastern European historians2 or 'new' archaeologists,3 who are both accustomed to working with far less evidence, would find our lack of interest in theoretical models extraordinary. One would be more confident of justifying our empirical concentration upon the extant evidence and our rejection of models, were it not a reflection of the insularity of much English scholarship. In any account of Anglo-Saxon state formation Kent will inevitably have a prominent place, since it was claimed to be the first English kingdom in existence.

F. Rivet and C. ; K. Jackson, Language and History in Early Britain (Edinburgh, 1953), pp. 600, 603. 13 Jackson, Language and History, pp. F. ', Bulletin of the Celtic Studies 28 (1978-80), pp. 541-52. 14 Everitt, Continuity, pp. 93-117. P. Brooks, The Early History of the Church of Canterbury (Leicester, 1984), pp. 24-5. , c. 37.

M. Stenton, Pipe Roll Society, new series, 36 (1960), p p . 89-110. P. Brooks, The Early History of the Church of Canterbury (Leicester, 1984), pp. 191-7. 57 Chronicon Abbatiae de Evesham, ed. W . Macray, Rolls Series (London, 1863). T h e best m o d e r n account remains that of D . Knowles, The Monastic Order in England (Cambridge, 1941), p p . 331-45. History and Myth, Forgery and Truth 17 competent forgery if it claimed to be old enough. It is, I believe, for this reason that such a high proportion of medieval forgery was committed by monks of old-established houses, that is by 'Black' or Benedictine monks from monasteries founded in the early medieval centuries.

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