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Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Political Power

Monday, June 24, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee

Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Political Power, by Kathrin McCann, explores constructions of Anglo-Saxon kingship and concepts of royal power from c.600 to 1016. The focus is the development of the ‘rex gratia Dei’, the concept of divinely bestowed kingship and the subsequent ecclesiastical transformation of the ruler image. This book shows readers how historical power as something as once familiar and strange, as an ongoing negotiation between powerful institutions and individuals. It also explores how power is conveyed through words that were once the preserve of a select group of (religious) people and are then taken into new domains of use. It shows the historical origins of the concept of church and state power, the extent to which religious concerns impacted upon the legitimacy of government, and ultimately provides a key perspective on current debates about power, politics, and faith.

For more information, visit the books press page on the University of Wales Press’s website. This book may be purchased within the United States on the University of Chicago Press’s website. 

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