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A quick historical past of English Literature offers a full of life introductory consultant to English literature from Beowulf to the current day. The authors write of their commonly lucid variety which allows the reader to interact totally with the narrative and simply comprehend the texts when it comes to the social, political and cultural contexts during which they have been written. A masterpiece of readability and compression, this e-book is a must-have for an individual drawn to the background of literature from the British Isles.

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6 9 . BCS 535; Historia et Cartularium, ed. Hart I, lxxii (MS 'Orwardi'). In 'cognatum ejus' the latter word probably refers to Abbess Eafe not to ^Ethelbald. For ^Ethelmund cf. below, n. 9 9 . Oshere's relationship to Osric is unknown and there is no evidence that they ruled jointly for a while, pace ECWM, pp. , p. 172). Sims-Williams, 'Wilfrid', p. 168. S 52 and 53. On the dates see Sims-Williams, 'Wilfrid', pp. 1 7 4 - 8 3 , and 'Cuthswith', p. 9, n. 1. A synod of 7 3 6 x 7 3 7 looks back on Oshere as comes of JEthehed of Mercia and subregula (sic) Huicciorum (S 1429).

36 The kingdoms of the Hwicce and the Magonscetan rule among the Hwicce. 106 In the former charter the brothers refer to the church of St Peter at Worcester, 'where the bodies of our parentes rest'; if this passage is authentic, it indicates a change in policy, for Osric is said to have been buried at Gloucester. 107 Eanberht is absent from a third charter, a grant by Uhtred regulus Huicciorum in 770, attested by Ealdred subregulus, with Offa's consent to 'donationem subreguli mei'; presumably Eanberht was dead by this time.

48 Bede, on the other hand, is supposed by Stenton and others to state that Penda began to rule in 633; but that is not quite what Bede says. Speaking of Penda's collaboration with the northern Welsh king Cadwallon against the Northumbrians in 633, he merely states: 44 Cf. EHD, p . 7 7 1 ; Life of Saint Guthlac, ed. and trans. Colgrave, cc. 1-2; Chadwick, Origin, p . 14. O n the date of this Vita see W h i t e l o c k , 'Pre-Viking Age C h u r c h ' , p . 1 5 . 45 CP, p. 8 9 ; Medieval Nobility, 46 O n M i d d l e Anglia and Peada cf.

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