A Lost English County: Winchcombeshire in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries (Studies in Anglo-Saxon History v. 1)
By: Julian Whybra (author)Paperback
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Julian Whybra's research into the history and boundaries of the vanished shire has uncovered important evidence relating to the early organisation of land tenure in one of the most turbulent periods in the history of England. The history of Winchcombeshire is no obscure tale of a lost shire: the story of its creation, development and demise is intricately interwoven with the story of the development of England prior to the Norman Conquest and the fabric of government which rules our lives to this day. Winchcombeshire comprised what is now the Cotswold area of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, and its centre was at Winchcombe.
A scribe's tantalising marginal addition to the heading of an early-11th-century charter started Julian Whybra's quest for the history and boundaries of the vanished shire, and his research has uncovered important evidence relating to early organisation of land tenure in one of the most turbulent periods in the history of England, dating from the reconquest of England from the Vikings in the early 10th century, through the monastic reform movement that divided England's rulers in the mid-10th century, to the Danish wars under Aethelred the unready in the early years of the 11th century. JULIAN WHYBRA studied at the universities of East Anglia and Cambridge, where he was a Fellow of Girton College and undertook much of the work on which this book is based. His main field of interest is Anglo-Saxon history and he is currently working on the boundaries of the kingdom of the East Saxons and on the nature of the shire-foundation in England. He lives in Essex.
The English shire-system; "Liber Wigorniensis" - references to Winchcombeshire; Domesday Book I (Gloucestershire) - the "ferding" of Winchcombe; Domesday Book I (Gloucestershire) - Winchcombe burgesses; "Liber Wigorniensis" - references to other shires; Domesday Book I - ownership of Winchcombeshire's border-estates; Domesday Book I - hidation and shire-size; the Oswaldeslaw charter (S.731) - origins of the triple hundred; Gloucestershire's original hundreds - some suggestions; England in the early eleventh century and the demise of Winchcombeshire; Winchcombeshire lost and found.
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