By Pauline Stafford
Drawing on 28 unique essays, A spouse to the Early heart Ages takes an inclusive method of the heritage of england and eire from c.500 to c.1100 to beat synthetic differences of recent nationwide limitations.
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O. Morgan and R. A. Grifﬁths (Cardiff, 2004), pp. 14–29. , “The making of England and Germany, 850–1050: points of comparison and difference,” in A. P. ), Medieval Europeans: Studies in Ethnic Identity and National Perspectives in Medieval Europe (Basingstoke, 1998), pp. 53–70. ,” 76 (1997), nos. 201–2. , “Celtomania and Celtoscepticism,” Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 36 (1998), 1–35. , “The visionary Celt: the construction of an ethnic preconception,” Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 11 (1986), 71–96.
35 This is, in fact, an interesting example not so much of women’s history as of gender history. Women were often used “to think with”; their signiﬁcance was symbolic: it signiﬁed things quite other than the experience of women themselves. 37 Gender as a way of conceptualizing, describing, and normalizing power and other relationships has been even less covered. Similarly, outside archaeology, gender as the study of masculinity and the masculine as opposed to femininity and the feminine is barely in its infancy in the study of this period.
These approaches do not overturn or replace the study of institutions, so central to English historiography, though they do probe much deeper into the question of how and why institutions work. ” And they undermine the crude antitheses of a Hobbesian reading of politics. They reinstate the sacred, ideas and values as sources and techniques of power and authority. This is an approach that is capable of generating its own model of change, though it is unlikely to be a simple one. 34 But they have already encouraged work on saints’ cults and the fashioning, use, and 18 pauline stafford functioning of political identities such as “Angelcynn” or “Alba,” and their future potential for our understanding of early Britain and Ireland is huge.