Pecsaetna: People of the Anglo-Saxon Peak District [Paperback]

Phil Sidebottom (Author)

ISBN: 9781911188681 | Published by: Windgather Press | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 144p, H246 x W189 (mm) B/W

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This book is intended to pull together our current knowledge of the ‘lost’ group of people called the Pecsaetna (literally, meaning the ‘Peak Sitters’) by synthesising more recent historical and archaeological research towards a better understanding of their activities, territory and identity. This group of people is shrouded in the mists of the so-called ‘Dark Ages’ and are only known to us by the chance survival of less than a handful of documents.

Since the mid-20th century, valuable work has been done to identify former Anglo-Saxon estates in the Peak from the analysis of charters and from the Domesday survey, together with recent wider historical analysis. In addition, some have also attempted reconstructions of geographical territories from the Tribal Hidage, the document, which first mentions the Pecsaetna. To this historical analysis can be added further archaeological evidence which ranges from Anglo-Saxon barrow investigation in the limestone Peak District, to studies into the geographical distributions of free-standing stone monuments of the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian periods. It is this latter study that has prompted the writer to attempt this study.

Table of Contents

The Topography of the Peak
Early Anglo-Saxon Settlement In A Post-Roman Context
Historical Sources for the Pecsaetna
Settlement and Control in the Wider Region
The Pecsaetna in the Late Saxon Period
Place-names in the Peak and the Hiberno-Norse
The Archaeology of the Pecsaetna
The Barrow Burials
Earthworks and Communications
The Pecsaetna And Stone Monuments
King Edward’s Burgh
The Significance of Dore
Changes in the countryside:
The demise of the great peak estates and later-saxon settlement
The Pecsaetna, Religion, and the Church
The Pecsaetna and Lead
The Pecsaetna of the Peak District: piecing it together
Places to Visit

Reviews & Quotes

"...a considered and well-articulated study which will help raise awareness and understanding of the richness and variety of early-medieval archaeology in the White Peak."
Duncan Wright
Medieval Archaeology (12/10/2021)

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