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Administrative Change in the Mid- to Late Tenth Century

George Molyneaux

in The Formation of the English Kingdom in the Tenth Century

Published in print June 2015 | ISBN: 9780198717911
Published online August 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191787386 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717911.003.0005
Administrative Change in the Mid- to Late Tenth Century

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This chapter argues that the Cerdicings implemented a series of administrative reforms in the mid- to late tenth century. That Edgar had both the desire and the ability to replace diversity with uniformity is demonstrated by his coin reform. Around the same time, kings probably began to make extensive use of hundreds, wapentakes, and shire meetings for local royal administration across the land from the Channel to the Tees. This period also appears to have seen tighter royal regulation of judicial profits, increased Cerdicing control over the appointment of archbishops and ealdormen based at York, and the establishment of the office of sheriff. Bishop Æthelwold of Winchester may well have had a major role in these reforms, which were probably intended to help kings discharge their Christian duty to regulate their subordinates’ behaviour, as well as to facilitate resource extraction and military recruitment.

Keywords: Æthelwold; Cerdicing; coin reform; ealdorman; Edgar; hundred; royal administration; sheriff; shire; wapentake

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) ; Political History

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