The Kingdoms of East Anglia and Kent
with Dr Sam Newton (Wuffing Education)
at Sutton Hoo on Saturday, 24th February, 2018


In his famous book, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, published in 731, the Northumbrian monk and scholar Bede tells us that East Anglian king Rædwald was baptised in Kent under the auspices of his then overlord, King Æthelbert of Kent (died 24th February 616).  The implication is that Æthelberht was Rædwald’s godfather. This is one of several links which establish a close relationship between East Anglia and Kent during these most interesting times, a relationship which can also be inferred from the evidence of archaeology, art, and other documentary sources.

Provisional Programme

09.50 – 10.15:          Coffee on arrival

10.15 – 11.15:          King Æthelberht and King Rædwald

11.15 – 11.40:          Coffee break

11.40 – 12.40:          Sutton Hoo and the Kentish Connection

12.40 – 14.00:          Lunch break

14.00 – 14.50:          Rædwald’s Heirs and the Kingdom of Kent

14.50 – 15.10:          Tea break

15.10 – 16.00:          St Seaxburh: East Anglian princess, Kentish

queen, king mother, abbess, and saint.

c.16.00:                   Thanks and Close

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at UEA in 1991.  He published his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, in 1993, and his second, The Reckoning of King Rædwald: the Story of the King linked to the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial, in 2003.  His most recent publication is “The Forgotten History of St Bótwulf (Botolph)”, The Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, 43 (2016), pp. 521-50, which is also available from his Academia  webpage , along with some of his other papers.  He has lectured widely around the country and has contributed to many radio and television programmes, especially Time Team.  He is a tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education, an accredited NADFAS / Arts’ Society lecturer, and a Director of the Wuffing Education Study-Day Partnership at Sutton Hoo.

Some Suggestions for Optional Background Reading

  • Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
  • Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
  • Coatsworth, E., & M. Pinder, The Art of the Anglo-Saxon Goldsmith – Fine Metalwork in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Practice and Practitioners (Boydell 2002)
  • Dunn, M., The Christianization of the Anglo-Saxons, c.597–c.700 (London, 2009)
  • Evans, A.C., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986)
  • Farmer, D.H., The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford 1978)
  • Gallyon, M., The Early Church in Eastern England (Lavenham 1973)
  • Higham, N., An English Empire: Bede and the Early Anglo-Saxon Kings (Manchester 1995)
  • Higham, N., The Convert Kings: Power and Religious Affiliation in Early Anglo-Saxon England (Manchester 1997)
  • Hines, J. (ed.), The Anglo-Saxons from the Migration Period to the Eighth Century: An Ethnographic Perspective (Boydell 2003)
  • Kirby, D.P., The Earliest English Kings (London 1991)
  • Mayr-Harting, H., The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford 1977; 3rd edn, Philadelphia 1991)
  • McClure, J. & R.Collins, (eds.), Bede: the Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Oxford 1999)
  • Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald: The Story of the King linked to the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial  (Redbird 2003)
  • North, R., Heathen Gods in Old English Literature Cambridge 1997)
  • Sherley-Price, L., Bede: A History of the English Church and People (Penguin Classics 1955, 1968)
  • Speake, G., Anglo-Saxon Animal Art (Oxford 1980)
  • Webster, L., & J.Backhouse, The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (British Museum 1991)
  • Witney. K.P., The Kingdom of Kent (Phillimore 1982).