After AD 800, Winchester was gradually established as a prominent royal centre. New books tells the story of how historians and archaeologists have worked together to reconstruct the physical realities of the landscape, the royal and ecclesiastical institutions and their wider impact of the formation of future England.
Early Medieval Winchester: Communities, Authority and Power in an Urban Space, c. 800-c.1 200
Ed by Ryan Lavelle, Simon Roffey, and Katherine Weikert
Oxbow Books 2021
Winchester’s identity as a royal centre became well established between the ninth and twelfth centuries, closely tied to the significance of the religious communities who lived within and without the city walls.
The reach of power of Winchester was felt throughout England and into the Continent through the relationships of the bishops, the power fluctuations of the Norman period, the pursuit of arts and history writing, the reach of the city’s saints, and more.
The essays contained in this volume present early medieval Winchester not as a city alone, but a city emmeshed in wider political, social, and cultural movements and, in many cases, providing examples of authority and power that are representative of early medieval England as a whole.
1. Communities, Authority and Power in Winchester, c. 800–c. 1200
Katherine Weikert, Ryan Lavelle, and Simon Roffey
2. Capital Considerations: Winchester and the Birth of Urban Archaeology
3. The King’s Stone: Peace, Power and the Highway in Early Medieval Winchester
Alexander James Langlands
4. Royal Burial in Winchester: Context and Significance
5. Constructing Early Medieval Winchester: Historical Narratives and the Compilation of British Library Cotton Otho B.XI
Sharon M. Rowley
6. Winchester, Æthelings and Clitones: The Political Significance of the City for Anglo-Saxon Royalty and Norman Nobility
7. The Execution of Earl Waltheof: Public Space and Royal Authority at the Edge of Eleventh-Century Winchester
8. Queen, the Countess and the Conflict: Winchester 1141
9. Lantfred and Local Life at Winchester in the 960s and 970s
10. Wælcyrian in the Water Meadows: Lantfred’s Furies
11. SK27, Or A Winchester Pilgrim’s Tale
12. The Early Jewish Community in Twelfth-Century Winchester: An Interdisciplinary View
13. Henry of Blois and an Archbishopric of Winchester: Medieval Rationale and Anglo-Saxon Sources
Alexander R. Rumble
14. Swithun in the North: A Winchester Saint in Norway
Karl Christian Alvestad
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Ryan Lavelle is a senior lecturer in medieval history at the University of Winchester where he teaches on Anglo-Saxon England, the Normans and the Norman Conquest, and the Carolingian Renaissance. He specialises in late Anglo-Saxon political history, including royal landholding, especially in Wessex, and early medieval warfare. He is the co-editor of Danes in Wessex (Oxbow 2016).
Simon Roffey is a reader in medieval archaeology at the University of Winchester with research interests in the archaeology of the medieval period, the archaeology of Winchester, church and building archaeology and the influence of the medieval period on creative writing and popular culture, including novels, films, games and art forms.
Dr Katherine Weikert is Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval European History at the University of Winchester. Her main areas of research examine the connections between gender, space and authority in England and Normandy ca 900 to 1200, female hostageships in the central Middle Ages, and the political uses of the medieval past.