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By Sebastian I. Sobecki

Neighborhood and imperial, insular and expansive, either English but British: geographically and culturally, the ocean keeps to form altering types of Englishness. This quantity strains the various literary origins of insular identification from neighborhood groups to the whole archipelago, laying open the continuities and disruptions within the sea's courting with English identification in a British context. starting from the beginnings of insular literature to Victorian medievalisms, the themes taken care of contain King Arthur's fight with muddy banks, the afterlife of Edgar's solid charters, outdated English homilies and narratives of migration, Welsh and English principles approximately Chester, Anglo-Norman perspectives of the ocean within the Vie de St Edmund and Waldef, post-Conquest cartography, The publication of Margery Kempe, the works of the Irish Stopford Brooke, and the making of an Anglo-British id in Victorian Britain. individuals: Sebastian Sobecki, Winfried Rudolf, Fabienne Michelet, Catherine A.M. Clarke, Judith Weiss, Kathy Lavezzo, Alfred Hiatt, Jonathan Hsy, Chris Jones, Joanne Parker, David Wallace

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Particularly misleading in such cases was Altitonantis. In his An Essay on Medals, published in 1784, John Pinkerton asserts in a footnote that ‘Edgar, King of England, conquered all Ireland, as he 62 Benjamin T. Hudson, Viking Pirates and Christian Princes: Dynasty, Religion, and Empire in the North Atlantic (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 47–48. Hudson also discusses the proliferation of coins bearing Edgar’s effigy in Ireland in this context as coins that were minted in England and may have been forms of payment to secure Edgar’s share of the pact (p.

126 Mason, Scots and Britons, p. 80. Mason appears to be unaware of Nedham’s allegory since he states that ‘it was the 1667 medal which first depicted Britannia seated on the sea-shore, holding a spear and shield, and watching the navy’ (p. 80). 127 John Aubrey, Brief Lives, ed. Richard Barber (Woodbridge: Boydell, 1982), p. 300. 128 Anonymous, ‘Review of Edgar: A National Tale by Elizabeth Appleton’, The Analectic Magazine and Naval Chronicle, 8 (1816), 300–06 (p. 300). 129 Elizabeth Appleton, Edgar: A National Tale, 3 vols (London: Henry Colburn, 1816), I, 133.

91 The Chronicon ends in 1140, which does not mean that he had passed away immediately: ‘the date of [ John of Worcester’s] final writing here was presumably in or after 1140’, The Chronicle of John of Worcester, III, p. xvi. 92 Thornton, ‘Edgar and the Eight Kings’, p. 64. 93 For the parallels between Byrhtferth’s Vita sancti Oswaldi and John of Worcester’s chronicle, see Michael Lapidge, ‘Byrhferth and Oswald’, in St. Oswald of Worcester: Life and Influence, ed. Nicholas Brooks and Catherine Cubitt (London: Leicester University Press, 1996), pp.

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