An Analysis of Anglo-Saxon Kinship During the Middle Ages

Joyce Hung


This paper explores the intricate concept of kinship in Anglo-Saxon society during the Middle Ages. At a time when bloodshed was frequent and wergilds a norm, there were few law enforcing mechanisms that maintained social order. By interpreting the role of kinship in various contexts, including relational, social and legal settings, this paper identifies kinship as a significant and highly complicated approach to resolving disputes and maintaining social peace.

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