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Open Access An Anglian Alliance: Place-Name Tracing the Iclingas and Wicingas

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This paper describes the close relationship between two obscure tribal groups, the Iclingas and the Wicingas. Starting on the Continent in Angeln and crossing over to East Anglia by different routes, they migrated across post-Roman Britain to the Western Midlands, where they provided mutual support in establishing the medieval kingdoms of Mercia and Hwiccia. Based upon the tracing of place-names and the mapping of settlements along historical migration routes, this research incorporates several disciplines, including medieval history, migration studies, and onomastics. The paper also makes use of innovative techniques, such as Micro-level Tracing and Contact Tracing, as well as modern tools, such as the Mathematical Theory of Games, and Google Maps, to describe the unexpected alliance between these two Anglian kinship groups, thereby adding significant information to the notoriously opaque history of Britain in the sixth century.

Keywords: Hwicce; Medieval History; Mercia; Migration Studies; Onomastics; Place-Name Tracing

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2022

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  • Until a short time ago, in German speaking countries there has neither been a periodical dealing primarly with interdisciplinary research of the Middle Ages, nor has there been a forum for regular publications in other languages. Wishing to close this gap, the journal «Mediaevistik» therefore pursues two aims: 1. To publish research methods and results which deal with studies within the different categories of the Middle Ages as a subject, and 2. to offer a forum for studies in all other important European languages and thus stressing and furthering the internationality of this particular field of research. The time frame is approx. the 8th to the 16th century, corresponding with the geographical boundaries of Latin Christianity in the High Middle Ages.

    All articles in Mediaevistik are published as full open access articles under a CC-BY Creative Commons license 4.0. There are no submission charges and no Article Processing Charges as these are fully funded by institutions through Knowledge Unlatched, resulting in no direct charge to authors.

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