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Britons in early Wessex: The evidence of the Law Code of Ine


Grimmer, MR, Britons in early Wessex: The evidence of the Law Code of Ine, Britons in Anglo-Saxon England, Boydell Press, Nick Higham (ed), Suffolk, pp. 102-114. ISBN 978-1-84383-312-3 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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One of the 'facts' about the modern study of Anglo-British relations is the extent to which the historian, generally speaking, is afforded a very circumscribed array of references with which to work, and the more so for the early Anglo-Sax.on period. Certainly, a reasonable corpus of material survives which can be accessed to inform an understanding of how Anglo-Saxons and Britons· may have interacted with one another, but the issue has to be approached by examining often peripheral and sometimes incidental references in a range of texts written for a variety of different purposes. And when attention is focussed specifically on the investigation of putative Britons living within Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the selection from which to choose narrows quite substantially. It is in this context that the Law Code of Ine, king of Wessex c.688·,-726, deserves particular attention as it provides a rare glimpse of Britons living within an AngloSaxon kingdom around the turn of the eighth century. It also reveals a different view of relations between Britons and West Saxons to the unremittingly bellicose narrative enumerated in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. My aim in this paper is, therefore, to discuss Ine's Code and what it implies for relations between Britons and Saxons in early Wessex.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Britons, Wessex, Law Code of Ine, Anglo-Saxon
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:British history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding past societies not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Grimmer, MR (Professor Martin Grimmer)
ID Code:48844
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-07
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