Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Formation of the English Kingdom in the Tenth Century$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

George Molyneaux

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717911.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 15 December 2019

Administrative Change in the Mid- to Late Tenth Century

Administrative Change in the Mid- to Late Tenth Century

(p.116) 4 Administrative Change in the Mid- to Late Tenth Century
The Formation of the English Kingdom in the Tenth Century

George Molyneaux

Oxford University Press

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

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .