© 1999

Kingship and Government in Pre-Conquest England c.500–1066


  • A comprehensive reassessment of the exercise of royal authority in England before the Norman Conquest
    Concerned with 'government in action' rather than being a description of administrative institutions

Part of the British History in Perspective book series (BHP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Ann Williams
    Pages 14-21
  3. Ann Williams
    Pages 22-31
  4. Ann Williams
    Pages 32-48
  5. Ann Williams
    Pages 49-64
  6. Ann Williams
    Pages 81-96
  7. Ann Williams
    Pages 97-106
  8. Ann Williams
    Pages 107-122
  9. Ann Williams
    Pages 123-136
  10. Ann Williams
    Pages 137-150
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 151-243

About this book


This book is a study of the exercise of royal authority before the Norman Conquest. Six centuries separate the 'adventus Saxonum' from the battle of Hastings: during those long years, the English kings changed from warlords, who exacted submission by force, into law-givers to whom obedience was a moral duty. In the process, they created many of the administrative institutes which continued to serve their successors. They also created England: the united kingdom of the English people.


chronology England English kingdom time

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.WansteadUK

About the authors

ANN WILLIAMS is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Kingship and Government in Pre-Conquest England c.500–1066
  • Authors A. Williams
  • Series Title British History in Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-56797-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-56798-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27454-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVII, 243
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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