New PDF release: The King's Body: Burial and Succession in Late Anglo-Saxon

By Nicole Marafioti

The King’s Body investigates the function of royal our bodies, funerals, and graves in English succession debates from the dying of Alfred the nice in 899 in the course of the Norman Conquest in 1066. utilizing modern texts and archaeological facts, Nicole Marafioti reconstructs the political job that followed kings’ burials, to illustrate that royal our bodies have been powerful political gadgets that could be used to supply legitimacy to the following generation.

In such a lot circumstances, new rulers celebrated their predecessor’s reminiscence and commemorated his corpse to stress continuity and develop their claims to the throne. those that rose via conquest or regicide, against this, usually desecrated the our bodies of deposed royalty or relegated them to nameless graves in makes an attempt to model their predecessors as tyrants unworthy of ruling a Christian kingdom. via delegitimizing the former ruler, they justified their very own accession. At a time whilst hereditary succession used to be now not assured and few accessions went unchallenged, the king’s physique was once a commodity that royal applicants fought to control.

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