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Making Sense of an Historic Landscape$
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Stephen Rippon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533787

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533787.001.0001

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People in the landscape

People in the landscape

the development of territorial structures in early medieval western Wessex and beyond

(p.185) 10 People in the landscape
Making Sense of an Historic Landscape

Stephen Rippon

Oxford University Press

Chapters 8 and 9 looked at the sources and methods used to reconstruct early territorial arrangements across part of western Wessex and eastern Dumnonia. This revealed how the parishes which are familiar to us today were created through the fragmentation of a series of ‘great estates’. These in turn appear to have been produced through the subdivision of larger ‘early folk territories’. This chapter explores how the evidence from the study area compares to elsewhere in early medieval England, and determines whether there were any differences on either side of the Blackdown Hills.

Keywords:   early medieval England, landscape character, historic landscapes, Blackdown Hills

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