292 – King in the North

How we understand any event comes down to what angle we are able to view it from. And the story of AEthelstan is no exception.

On the one hand, it is easy to see AEthelstan as one of the greatest kings in English history, one to place on our shelf of real-life legends along with his grandfather.

And for good reason… much like Alfred, AEthelstan wasn’t content to just hold his throne and maintain the status quo. He strived to restructure the very foundations of his kingdom.

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  1. An aside re: English monarchy and Divine Right theory. I haven’t kept up with the research, so I don’t know if the notion is still around, but when I took a class in legal history decades ago, it was widely held that Divine Right theory entered English with James 1 (6th of Scotland) after the death of Elizabeth I without progeny As I recall, the argumentum was that Scottish law, in which James had been schooled, derived from a different stream of Roman Imperial Law that that of England, developed more closely from Roman Republican Law. I believe the sources of Roman law in the Universities (before Blackstone bridged the chasm between academic study of law and Inns of Court practice of it). The idea was that divine right of monarchy was natural to a Scot trained legal mind like James, but anathema to an English one, like Cromwell

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