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127 Aubrey’s remark proved ominous for the diminishing interest in Edgar over the next century. By the early nineteenth century Edgar’s maritime reputation could no longer serve as a stepping stone. 128 Appleton’s monumental narrative shows how the various streams of a maritime Edgar – his imperial claim, his unrivalled fleet, and his sense of archipelagic identity – was no longer an expression of Englishness but had been naturalised as British. In Appleton’s novel, London is a proto-imperial city, inspired by Dryden’s ‘Empress of the Northern Clime’: Welcome!

106 Kelly adds that the charter contains a verbal echo of a passage from no. 29 (Kelly’s numbering) which was probably altered by a Malmesbury forger (Kelly, Charters of Malmesbury Abbey, pp. 235–6). 107 Kelly, Charters of Malmesbury Abbey, p. 234. 108 Saints’ Lives, pp. 8–10. 109 Saints’ Lives, pp. 8–10. 110 Kelly, Charters of Malmesbury Abbey, pp. 37–8 and 62–4, where S 1038 is described as ‘problematic’ and ‘evidently forged or revised’ in the twelfth century. On the whole, Kelly regards the entire Malmesbury archive as ‘a collection of ancient documents, some of which were over the centuries “improved”, partly rewritten, and used to create fabrications which were more useful to the community’ (p.

8. 70 Simon, An Essay Towards a Historical Account of Irish Coins, p. 8. 71 See, for instance Rogers Ruding, Annals of the Coinage of Britain and Its Dependencies, 3 vols (London: Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, and Jones, 1840), I, 360–1. 72 Hogg’s Weekly Instructor, 16 January 1847, p. 329. 18 the sea and englishness in the middle ages The Bishop’s Ship This leaves the sea to be explained in Altitonantis. The creation of Edgar’s maritime reputation happened to be a local Worcester product the monks could utilise.

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