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Britons in early Wessex: The evidence of the Law Code of Ine

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Grimmer, MR 2007 , 'Britons in early Wessex: The evidence of the Law Code of Ine', in N Higham (ed.), Britons in Anglo-Saxon England , The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, pp. 102-114.

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Abstract

One of the 'facts' about the modern study of Anglo-British relations is the extent to which the historian, generally speaking, is afforded a very circumscribed array of references with which to work, and the more so for the early Anglo-Saxon period. Certainly, a reasonable corpus of material survives which can be accessed to inform an understanding of how Anglo-Saxons and Britons may have interacted with one another, but the issue has to be approached by examining often peripheral and sometimes incidental references in a range of texts written for a variety of different purposes. And when attention is focussed specifically on the investigation of putative Britons living within Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the selection from which to choose narrows quite substantially. It is in this context that the Law Code of Ine, king of Wessex c.688-726, deserves particular attention as it provides a rare glimpse of Britons living within an Anglo-Saxon
kingdom around the turn of the eighth century.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Grimmer, MR
Publisher: The Boydell Press
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