Book Series Studies in the Early Middle Ages, vol. 18

Text, Image, Interpretation:

Studies in Anglo-Saxon Literature and its Insular Context in Honour of Éamonn Ó Carragáin

Alastair Minnis , Jane Roberts (eds)

  • Pages: 574 p.
  • Size:160 x 240 mm
  • Illustrations:51 b/w, 18 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2007

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This interdisciplinary volume draws together insights from fields as diverse as archaeology, art history, and liturgy to reflect on the literature and material culture of the Anglo-Saxons.

 

Summary

In emulation of Professor Éamonn Ó Carragáin, who has, over the last few decades, demonstrated how words and images together join in that extraordinary cultural achievement which is the Ruthwell Cross, the volume seeks to transcend the established methods of the single discipline. The twenty-six essays draw together insights from fields as diverse as archaeology, art history, and liturgy to reflect on the literature and material culture of the Anglo-Saxons. The first section looks outwards from the insular context, to medieval Rome, more generally to western Europe, and backwards to the world-geography of the ancient world; its illustrations include colour plates to illumine the hangings, clothing and vestments extant from Anglo-Saxon England. A range of texts is considered in the central section, Latin, English, and Old Norse. The third section focuses on sculpture, buildings and the insular landscape, juxtaposing the sculptured stonework of Northern Britain with early Christian monuments and remains from Ireland; among the illustrations are striking coloured photographs of Irish ecclesiastical sites. The contributors are from Canada, the United States, Italy, Britain, and Ireland.