Dr Rory Naismith writes:
Sir Frank Stenton
was professor of history at the University of Reading, and a leading scholar of
Anglo-Saxon history in the twentieth century. He is best known as the author of
Anglo-Saxon England, still widely regarded as the leading survey of the
subject. Stenton possessed an abiding interest in the conjunctures between
Anglo-Saxon history and numismatics, and served as founding chairman of the
British Academy's Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles committee (1956–66).
On 28 April 1958, Stenton addressed the British Numismatic Society
on the points of contact between numismatics and history in the study of
Anglo-Saxon England. Dr Stewart Lyon made a recording of this lecture
(approximately 75 minutes in length), which has now been digitized and made
available as an MP3 on the British Numismatic Society’s website.
An annotated text adapted from this recording is included in a posthumous
collection of Stenton’s papers, Preparatory to Anglo-Saxon England: Being
the Collected Papers of Frank Merry Stenton, edited by Doris Mary Stenton
(Oxford, 1970), pp. 371–82.
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