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Cnut And The Imperium Of Late Anglo-Saxon England: Northumbria, Wales, Scotland And Ireland

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By the time Cnut the Great came to power in England, the king of southern England had been involved in complex arrangements of overlordship with the regions neighbouring his realm for nearly a hundred and fifty years. By the middle of the tenth century the political ambition of a number of southern English kings had led them to attempt to make these temporary power-relations into a more permanent imperium of dominated territory. Through marriage and warfare Athelstan made predatory advances towards Wales, Northumbria, and Scotland, cementing these new relations through public ceremonies of mass-submission of multiple rulers from a number of subject-regions. The evidence for Cnuts interaction with the components of late Anglo-Saxon Englands imperium indicates that a definitive change occurred immediately after 1030. This chapter deals initially with the relations in the initial decade of Cnuts rule, and then discusses the relations in the second part of Cnuts reign.

Keywords: Anglo-saxon England; Cnut The Great; imperium; Ireland; Northumbria; Scotland; Wales



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