PETERBOROUGH MONASTERY AND ITS CHRONICLE: ANNALISTIC HISTORY AS AN EXPRESSION OF INDEPENDENT IDENTITY
Hall, J. Megan
M.A. Thesis, The University of Georgia, December (2003)
The fenlands of East Anglia are rife with superstition and folklore and are home to a highly independent culture of people. The character and qualities of these fen-dwellers have been shaped by a number of forces, including the Danish invasions and settlements that began in Anglo-Saxon England in the eighth century and lasted through the tenth. These invasions particularly affected the northeastern portions of England, redefining the region’s cultural and political structures and setting it apart from the rest of Britain. The monastery of Peterborough, located on the southern edge of this region, produced, among others, records that demonstrate this cultivated independence. One such record is a localized annalistic history, based on a national parent version, that extends from 1 A.D. to 1154 A.D., called the Peterborough Chronicle.