Week 3: The Battle for England

Cult of kingship A sacral dimension to secular rulership. It has been argued that Anglo-Saxon kings enjoyed a degree of sacral reverence even after the conversion of their kingdoms.
Periphrasis The deployment of multiple words instead of a single inflected word. In the Germanic languages, periphrastic verb constructions are typically used to express passive voice, and frequently for the future tense and perfective aspect.
Polythetic system A system composed of several parts, none of which is essential to the definition of the system
Synod of Whitby A synod of Anglo-Saxon bishops in 664 which ruled against the Irish dating of Easter