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Title: Royal estates in Anglo-Saxon Wessex
Author: Lavelle, Ryan Lawrence
ISNI:       0000 0000 4287 5236
Awarding Body: University of Winchester
Current Institution: University of Winchester
Date of Award: 2001
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Using a study area of the pre-Conquest shires of Hampshire and Dorset, this thesis provides an analysis of the lands used to support members of the Anglo-Saxon royal family in Wessex and the strategies employed to manage those landholdings. Categories of land units are explored, along with their interactions with other land units. The main evidential corpus for this study is Domesday Book, which provides a starting point from which to examine the 'farm of one night'. This distinctive type of estate is explored, including where these places appear in narrative sources. The nature of booklands granted to members of the royal family is also discussed in detail, showing that the control of those royal family members who held booklands was limited by royal landholding strategies. It is also suggested that the lands held by royal agents were closely associated with the running of night's farm estates. The examination of the categories of land results in a picture of a closely controlled system of managing the distribution of landed resources imposed during the later Anglo-Saxon period.
Supervisor: Yorke, Barbara ; Hicks, Michael Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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