Settling differences : a comparative study of Yorkshire and East Anglia, focusing on the Scandinavaian influence on place-names and coins
The Scandinavian invasion and settlement in England altered English history. However, while the basic political narrative is known from primary sources, the social and cultural history that evolved has not been fully examined. This is especially true in the areas of the Danelaw that the Scandinavian invaders settled where there is a paucity of primary sources for this period. The study was limited to the years 800 A.D. to 1000 A.D. or a shorter time span within that frame depending on the subject matter under examination. This thesis examined place-names and coins in East Anglia and Yorkshire to determine the Scandinavian influence on their development. By understanding the Scandinavian influence on place-names and coins, one may determine the settlement pattern that occurred in each area. It appears that the moderate Scandinavian influence on place-names as well as the deliberate assimilation of coinage to English standards indicates a small scale settlement that consisted primarily of higher ranking Danes. Yorkshire on the other hand demonstrates much stronger Scandinavian influence in place-name development as well as coinage thus indicating a larger settlement that consisted on lower ranking Danes. By determining settlement patterns, future research can focus on elucidating cultural changes that occurred subsequent to the initial settlement.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
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Rome, Lisa, "Settling differences : a comparative study of Yorkshire and East Anglia, focusing on the Scandinavaian influence on place-names and coins" (2010). HIM 1990-2015. 1046.