11th Wilhelm Levison Memorial Lecture: England and the Continent in the eighth century: but which parts of the Continent?
About the Speaker:
John Blair is Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the University of Oxford and Fellow in History at The Queen’s College. His interests centre on the settlements, buildings, material culture and society of early medieval Europe. His books include The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society (2005) and Building Anglo-Saxon England (2018).
England in the age of Mercian supremacy is often viewed in the mirror of the neighbouring Carolingian world. While those contacts and influences are certainly very important, the spotlight shone on them reflects the very partial and biassed survival of written sources. Archaeology can tell a different story: one that emphasises Anglian England’s connectedness with the North Sea, Scandinavian and Baltic worlds. This lecture tries to redress the balance through new perspectives from physical evidence.
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