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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages$
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Jayne Carroll, Andrew Reynolds, and Barbara Yorke

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266588

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.001.0001

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Locating Meaning in Later Anglo-Saxon England: Meeting-Places of the witan, 924–1016

Locating Meaning in Later Anglo-Saxon England: Meeting-Places of the witan, 924–1016

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(p.91) 4 Locating Meaning in Later Anglo-Saxon England: Meeting-Places of the witan, 924–1016
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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages
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Levi Roach

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.003.0004

This chapter examines the meeting-places of royal assemblies (‘the witan’) in later Anglo-Saxon England. By means of four case studies, it demonstrates that these sites were carefully chosen and intimately associated with the business conducted at such events. In this respect, archaeological and onomastic studies of assembly sites, which have tended to focus on their local context, can be profitably brought together with more recent historical scholarship, which highlights the importance of ritual and demonstration at such gatherings: the former reveals the significance of the stages of these events, whilst the latter provides a framework for understanding the nature and meaning of the acts played out there.

Keywords:   meeting-places, royal assemblies, witan, Anglo-Saxon England, ritual, demonstration

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