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Bloodfeud: Murder and Revenge in Anglo-Saxon England By Richard Fletcher

Bloodfeud: Murder and Revenge in Anglo-Saxon England
by Richard Fletcher

Here, Richard Fletcher explores the culture of vengeance and reparation in early Medieval England. As well as the culture of aristocratic and inter-familial violence in Christendom, Fletcher looks closely at the Church's attempts to discredit an institution closely tied with residual paganism.
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Bloodfeud: Murder and Revenge in Anglo-Saxon England Summary


One gusty morning in March 1016, Earl Uhtred of Northumbria came with 40 followers to a wooden hall at a place called Wiheal outside York, to parley with the recently crowned King Canute who was attempting to bring his mighty northern subjects properly under his control. They were given guarantee of safe conduct, and came unarmed. But they were ambushed in the hall by an old enemy of Uhtred's, with Canute's connivance, and murdered, every one. From here, Richard Fletcher moves on to explore the whole culture of vengeance and reparation in early Medieval England. As well as the culture of aristocratic and inter-familial violence in Christendom, Fletcher looks closely at the Church's attempts to limit or discredit an institution closely tied with residual paganism. Another element of the book considers the tensions between monarchical authority and wilful local indulgence in vendetta on the one hand, and the influence of feud on high diplomacy on the other.

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Sku
GOR001347299
Title
Bloodfeud: Murder and Revenge in Anglo-Saxon England
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year published
Number of pages
256
ISBN 10
0140286926
ISBN 13
9780140286922
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N/A
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