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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 1172001 Lectures$
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F.M.L. Thompson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262795

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262795.001.0001

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Prosperity and Power in the Age of Bede and Beowulf

Prosperity and Power in the Age of Bede and Beowulf


(p.49) Prosperity and Power in the Age of Bede and Beowulf
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This chapter considers the evidence for rural wealth in the seventh and eighth centuries in the country which was to become England. It demonstrates that the expansion of international trade and the proliferation of coinage created the conditions for a shift in balance, and for the first time the means became available to turn rural surpluses into something like treasure. The movement of two separate economies towards convergence increased the potentiality of kingship.

Keywords:   rural wealth, England, international trade, coinage, kingship, prosperity, power, Bede, Beowulf

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