Wessex is central to the study of early medieval English history; it was the dynasty which created the kingdom of England. This volume uses archaeological and place-name evidence to present an authoritative account of the most significant of the English Kingdoms.
1 A Period of Transition Wessex c 400c 600
2 The Creation of Wessex c 600802
3 Wessex and England 8021066
4 The Spread of Christianity 400800
the West Saxon Church 8001066
6 Social Structure and Rural Life
Abingdon Aldhelm Alfred Alfred’s Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Anglo-Saxon England Anglo-Saxon period Archaeology areas Asser Athelstan Attenborough B.A.E. Yorke Bede Berkshire Biddle bishop British Burghal Hidage burhs burial Cadbury Celtic cemetery centres Cenwalh charters Christian Cnut conquest Devon difﬁcult Domesday Book Dorchester-on-Thames Dorset Dumnonia Dumville ealdorman early eastern Wessex ecclesiastical Edward Edward the Elder eighth century estates Ethelred Ethelwold evidence Excavations Exeter ﬁelds ﬁfth and sixth ﬁg ﬁnds ﬁrst Germanic Gildas Glastonbury Hampshire Hamwic Hants hides hill-fort History identiﬁed Ine’s inﬂuence Isle of Wight Keynes and Lapidge king’s kingdom land late Roman late Saxon later Anglo-Saxon Malmesbury manor Medieval Mercian minster churches monastery monastic ninth century nunneries ofﬁcials Old Minster original place-names pottery probably province Rahtz recorded region reign Roman Britain royal house saints Saxon period seems settlement seventh century Sherborne shires signiﬁcant Somerset tenth thegns towns Viking Wareham Wessex West Saxon kings western Wiltshire Winchester