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Title: Danelaw society and institutions : East Midlands phenomena?
Author: Hadley, Dawn Marie
ISNI:       0000 0001 2412 1278
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1992
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The aim of this study is to examine the society and institutions of a small part of the so-called Danelaw in the period after the Viking invasions and settlement from the late ninth century. To fully understand the changes which the Viking invasions and the subsequent re-conquest brought, it . 1S necessary to examine the type of society into which the Vikings came. The study starts from the belief that it is possible to learn something of the pre-Viking organisation of the study area - Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire - by the application of a multi-disciplinary approach, documentary sources, ecclesiastical and cartographic evidence are used for this purpose. The initial aim of the study is to unveil a primary layer of organisation 1n the region - albeit hypothetical in some cases - against which to measure the changes which the study area underwent between the 870s and c.ll00. Topographical analysis is primarily useful for mapping the landscape and its boundaries, but by combining it with what is known about the social fabric of Anglo-Saxon England, it is possible to devise models for the social and territorial organisation of the study area in that period. The study puts much emphasis on placing Anglo-Saxon England 1n a broad Germanic context. This opens up the possibility of using comparative material. Moreover, some of the theoretical frameworks for social organisation which have been devised by Continental scholars provide many useful points for discussion, if not actually providing a model which can be adopted. A broad comparative examination of Germanic society enables the study to examine the possible ways in which the Vikings took control of, and settled, the lands which they invaded. It is only by examining the pre-existing society and its organisation that any new insights into the Viking impact can be gained. In the study area, the geographical disposition of the territorial soke - as recorded in Domesday Book - and the distribution of Scandinavian place-names allows some hypotheses about the chronology of change.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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