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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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Living Near the Sea: The Organisation of Frisia in Early Medieval Times

Living Near the Sea: The Organisation of Frisia in Early Medieval Times

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(p.369) 17 Living Near the Sea: The Organisation of Frisia in Early Medieval Times
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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages
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Egge Knol

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.003.0017

Across the North Sea from England was a land that was known in the early Middle Ages, as part of it is today, as Frisia. This largely marshy land was a good place to live for those who managed to adjust to its potentially extreme but fertile habitat. Despite many archaeological observations and finds, our view of their social organisation is not very clear, and in part derived from better-documented parallels elsewhere. This chapter will first briefly describe the former landscape and its archaeological record, before dealing with the organisation of Frisia. Its focus will be on the northern part of Frisia. The aim of the chapter is to offer a general picture, based on recent research, of this country oriented towards the North Sea and its maintaining of close links to early medieval England.

Keywords:   Frisia, North Sea, social organisation, landscape, early medieval England

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