Oswald of East Anglia
|King of the East Angles|
|Reign||circa (c.) 869 – before 880|
|Predecessor||Edmund the Martyr|
|Successor||Æthelred II of East Anglia|
Evidence suggests that during the period between the death of Edmund the Martyr and the return of Guthrum to East Anglia in 880, Oswald and Æthelred ruled the East Angles as client kings. It is possible that the East Anglian aristocracy had been almost, but not entirely, extinguished by the Viking attacks that resulted in Edmund's death, and that in the years when Oswald, Æthelred and Guthrum successively ruled the kingdom, there was a period of opposition or defiance against the Danish leadership. The Vikings ruled the East Angles from the accession of Oswald, until 920, when East Anglia was incorporated into the kingdom of England after the defeat of the Danes by Edward the Elder.
The existence of Oswald is known solely because of his coins.
Coins and silver bullion was used throughout the period of the Viking attacks in East Anglia and the Vikings continued the Anglo-Saxon tradition of producing silver pennies, although at a reduced rate. Eight coins are known from the reigns of Æthelred and Oswald, whereas over two hundred are known to have been made by the moneyers of Oswald's predecessor, Edmund.
A few coins bearing Oswald's name were found in the Cuerdale Hoard. The coins can be dated from the 870s to the 900s, following the death of Edmund the Martyr. One of the coins, produced by a moneyer whose name started Beor..., is of the temple type: another has an alpha, a common East Anglian design.
- Pestell, Landscapes of Monastic Foundation, pp. 78-79.
- Bates, D. and Liddiard, R., East Anglia and its North World in the Middle Ages, pp. 83-84.
- Bates, D. and Liddiard, R., East Anglia and its North World in the Middle Ages, p. 137.
- Bates, D. and Liddiard, R., East Anglia and its North World in the Middle Ages, p. 149.
- Grierson and Blackburn, Mediaeval Coinage Vol. 1, p. 294.
- A high quality image of an Oswald coin from the Cuerdale Hoard can be seen via the Museum website.
- Blackburn, Mark; Grierson, Philip (1986). Mediaeval European Coinage: Volume 1 The Early Middle Ages (5th-10th Centuries). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Pestell, Tim (2004). Landscapes of Monastic Foundation: The Establishment of Religious Houses c.650-1200. Woodbridge: Boydell Press. ISBN 1 84383 062 0.
Edmund the Martyr
|King of East Anglia||Succeeded by