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A more extended study of the surviving corpus of Edgar’s charters, whether preserved in their original single-sheet form or only in later copies, would be required in order to reveal all of the details, patterns and connections which bear in one way or another on the circumstances of their production. 98 The matter as a whole must form 94 95 96 97 98 Hringulf and Thureferth had been included among the witnesses to Edgar’s charter for Ely in 970 (S 781, above, p. 20); Frithegist and Fræna were perhaps the men from eastern England named in the Chronicle as two of the three leaders who ‘started the flight’ in 993.
962, from the Old Minster, Winchester. Their effect is to raise the bishops onto a platform with the king and the archbishops, and to distinguish them from the other witnesses. It has been suggested that Oswald, as a newly appointed bishop of Worcester, might have had a hand in their formulation; see M. Lapidge, ‘Æthelwold as Scholar and Teacher’ (1988), in his Anglo-Latin Literature 900–1066 (London, 1993), pp. 183–211, at 186–7. Another distinctive set of styles of episcopal subscriptions, displaying the same spirit of elaboration, is found in S 712 (BCS 1112), from York, dated 963, and in whatever lay behind S 1213 (BCS 1084), dated ‘962’ (though with indiction for 963), from Bury St Edmunds, following the text of the latter in the abbey’s Palgrave register (BL, Add.
In 964 Edgar again granted land in Wiltshire to himself; see S 727 (BCS 1127), dated 964, from Romsey, perhaps produced by the same agency. King Æthelwulf had booked a large area of land in Devon to himself; see S 298 (BCS 451; EHD, no. 88), extant in its original single-sheet form, dated ‘847’, from the Old Minster, Winchester. Essentially, such actions represent the conversion of folkland into bookland. S 721. This agency is otherwise represented by three charters extant in their original single-sheet form, written by different scribes: S 684 (BCS 1056), dated 960, from Exeter; S 697 (BCS 1072), dated 961, from the Old Minster, Winchester; and S 736 (BCS 1165), dated 965, from Abbotsbury, on which see also below, n.