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Writing power in Anglo-Saxon England; texts, hierarchies, economies.


Writing power in Anglo-Saxon England; texts, hierarchies, economies.

Clarke, Catherine A.M.

D.S. Brewer


191 pages



Anglo-Saxon studies; 17


Using close textual analysis, a range of theoretical frameworks, and historical and cultural contexts, Clarke (English, U. of Southampton) examines how power is imagined, represented, and shaped in later Anglo-Saxon written sources. In particular, she shows how the texts present structures of hierarchical or vertical relationship alongside patterns of reciprocity and economies of interaction and obligation between individuals and groups. The texts, both Latin and the vernacular, encompass a range of genres, readerships, and modes of circulation to illustrate diversity and nuance in the conceptions and depictions of power. The Boydell Press is an imprint of Boydell & Brewer.

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Date:Dec 1, 2012
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