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research, this book--written in a highly accessible style that does not compromise its scholarly weight--offers a comprehensive overview of the origins of the family, the political careers of the earls, their religious patronage, and styles of lordship, as well as critically examining the lands, vassals, and wider dependents within the earldom.
They might be positions as sought after, as coveted as medieval earldoms.
Four chapters assess Edward's role as son of Aethelred, his activities with regard to Normandy, the question of succession, including an analysis of the earldoms of the period, and his sanctity and canonization.