Royal Power and Limitations in Anglo Saxon England ~ Dr. Richard Abels

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1y Jul 13, 2020

The Second Viking War dominated and doomed the reign of King Æthelred II “the Unready.”

This is lecture four.

In this lecture we explore the power of Anglo Saxon Rulers or Kings in theory, or on paper but also in reality and the limitations that comes with that power. How were laws issued? How were laws enforced?

From symbolic legislation to demands that must be heeded we see the evolution of English law. We see a system arise revolving around fines and holding people accountable and so in this we explore the justice system of Anglo Saxon England as well.

'The crimes by which Wulfbald ruined himself with his lord': The Limits of State Action in Late Anglo-Saxon England By Dr. Abels.


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