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R. M. Liuzza

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091397

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091397.001.0001

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The Making of Angelcynn: English Identity Before the Norman Conquest1

The Making of Angelcynn: English Identity Before the Norman Conquest1

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(p.51) The Making of Angelcynn: English Identity Before the Norman Conquest1
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Old English Literature
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Sarah Foot
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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300091397.003.0003

This chapter examines the role of Alfred the Great, king of the West-Saxons, in the forging of a national identity around the concept of a specifically “English” nation. It explains that Alfred's political rhetoric advanced the idea that all the Germanic people of England were one people, the angelcynn, or English nation. It also discusses how the Alfredan nation defined itself against outsiders through its common language, Christian religion, and shared history.

Keywords:   Alfred the Great, national identity, English nation, angelcynn, common language, Christian religion, shared history

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