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The nature of Merovingian hegemony in Anglo-Saxon Kent

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posted on 2022-03-28, 11:36 authored by David Peddar
This project investigates the extent and character of 'Frankish hegemony' in Anglo-Saxon Kent during the fifth, sixth and seventh centuries A.D. It explores both the literary and archaeological evidence and assesses the relationship which existed between the Merovingian Franks and Anglo-Saxon Kent. The proposed study reveals new perspectives on this relationship. These include political, social, culture and economic ties. Based on this evidence, the study also considers the way these ties have been contextualised in major works of modern scholarship, as they are linked to this hegemonic conception. This examination provides greater insight into contextualising contemporary events including the Gregorian mission and the general development of North-West Europe during this period. It considers the various implications raised by economic, cultural, diplomatic and religious exchange systems. It addresses whether this affiliation should be reconstructed as 'hegemony' in any form. It considers if the assumed Frankish or Merovingian 'hegemony' can be reconstructed and justified through other theoretical frameworks. These include approaches such as post-colonialism.


Table of Contents

Chapter One. Introduction -- Chapter Two. The literary material -- Chapter Three. The archaeology evidence -- Chapter Four. The interpretive frameworks -- Chapter Five. Conclusion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 91-100

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ancient History

Department, Centre or School

Department of Ancient History

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Andrew Gillett


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