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By David Roffe

During the last fifty years Ann Williams has reworked our realizing of Anglo-Saxon and Norman society in her experiences of personalities and elites. during this assortment, top students within the box revisit subject matters which were imperative to her paintings, and open up new insights into the workings of the multi-cultural groups of the area of britain within the early heart a long time. There are designated discussions of neighborhood and neighborhood elites and the interaction among them that shaped the particular associations of neighborhood executive within the pre-Conquest interval; radical new readings of key occasions resembling the predicament of 1051 and a reassessment of the Bayeux Tapestry because the beginnings of the Historia Anglorum; reports of the influence of the Norman Conquest and the survival of the English; and explorations of the social, political, and administrative cultures in post-Conquest England and Normandy. the person essays are united total via the articulation of the neighborhood, neighborhood, and nationwide identities that that formed the societies of the interval.

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956. An Azur also attests S. 982 (dated 1040 x 1042), S. 994 (1042), S. 1003 (1044), S. 1044 (1042 x 1044), S. 1015 (1046), and S. 1028 (1059). The otherwise unrecorded Swesa or Sweta, listed on S. 954 (dated 1019), might possibly be a corruption of Swart. This charter is a forgery but the witness list is thought to be derived from a genuine text (S. Keynes, ‘Cnut’s Earls’, in The Reign of Cnut, King of England, Denmark and Norway, ed. A. R. 145). If so, it would confirm Azur as the most likely candidate for the earlier references.

See also: G. Fellows-Jensen, Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, Copenhagen 1968, 282–3; Insley, Scandinavian Names in Norfolk, 360–1. 55 LDB, 334v–335: DB Suff, 7,37. 56 It should also be noted that Manni is distinguished by the use of the appellant ‘swart’ in those manorial entries from the fief of Count Alan, but not in that of Robert de Tosny. There can be little doubt, however, that all these manors were held by the same pre-Conquest thegn and that this is simply a product of the different texts that lie behind the completed Domesday Book.

He attested no extant royal charters after those of the early 1040s in which he appears with his father, Azur. That the core of his holdings was in Suffolk is plain and, as if to reiterate that fact, he chose to direct his pious benefaction towards a powerful local shrine, that of St Edmund, which was also a favourite of King Edward. On that evidence alone it would seem a rash assumption that the Manni named in Surrey and Middlesex was the same individual as this East Anglian thegn. Yet, as has been seen in Essex, and to a lesser extent in Blything Hundred in Suffolk, this was a family that held land together.

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