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Title: Submission and imperium in the early medieval insular world
Author: Davidson, M. R.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2003
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This thesis is a study of princely submissions, and the imperia which developed consequently, in the early middle ages. Relations within Britain from the late ninth through to the late tenth century serve as the focus, although some comparisons with contemporary developments in Ireland and on the continent are made. Charters, chronicle and annalistic compositions, literary evidence and numismatics serve as the primary source material. The study establishes that there are a wide variety of incidents that can be described as ‘submissions’, and there was no catch-all mechanism by which they were enforced. Furthermore, it is argued that many of the most famous ‘submissions’ were more innocuous events. Submissions did, however, lead to the creation of multi-ethnic imperia in a period which is traditionally seen as a cradle of ‘national’ origins. While the foundations of the later medieval kingdoms in Britain were laid in this period, this came as a result of dynastic consolidation within these imperia, and competition without.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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