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    Romans, Britons, and the Construction of ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Identity

    Bintley, Mike (2020) Romans, Britons, and the Construction of ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Identity. In: Kaminski-Jones, F. and Kaminski-Jones, R. (eds.) Celts, Romans, Britons: Classical and Celtic Influence in the Construction of British Identities. Classical Presences. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 31-49. ISBN 9780198863076.

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    This chapter argues that early English writing and material culture manipulated and manufactured British and Roman identities in the formation of an ‘Anglo-Saxon’ identity between the eighth and eleventh centuries. Historical and literary works present a narrative in which the British were conquered or pushed to the fringes of society, despite the coexistence of ample evidence for inter-group cooperation and collaboration. At the same time, other cultural productions sought to emphasize the incorporation—and continuation—of various aspects of Romanitas. Interrogating a range of textual and material evidence, this chapter presents an overview of the various approaches to ‘British’ and ‘Roman’ identity that are visible in early English culture. It gives special consideration to one of the most prominent stages on which this negotiation took place: the former towns of Roman Britain.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Mike Bintley
    Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2021 12:03
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:50


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