The Place of the Cross in Anglo-Saxon England

The Place of the Cross in Anglo-Saxon England

Edited by Catherine E. Karkov, Sarah Larratt Keefer, Karen Louise Jolly

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Overview

Overview

The cross pervaded the whole of Anglo-Saxon culture, in art, in sculpture, in religion, in medicine. These new essays explore its importance and significance.
The cross in early medieval England was so ubiquitous as to become invisible to the modern eye: it played an innovative role in Anglo-Saxon culture, evident in art, architecture, material culture, literature, ritual, medicine, and popular practice. The essays in this volume move us from the place of the cross in the origins of Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Saxon church, to its place in the expansion of the early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms both within and beyond England. They reach back to the sources, both material and textual, of Early Christian Rome and Jerusalem, and forward to the visionary cross of the Last Judgement. Perhaps most importantly, throughout they challenge existing notions of the development of Anglo-Saxon sculpture, the patronage and audiences of Anglo-Saxon texts, the use of sources, physical and cultural geography and the Anglo-Saxon imagination. In doing so they make important contributions not only to our understanding of Anglo-Saxon England and the place of the cross within it, but also to our understanding of the place of Anglo-Saxon England within the medieval world.

CATHERINE E. KARKOV is Professor of Art at Miami University.
SARAH L. KEEFER is Professor of English at Trent University.
KAREN L. JOLLY is Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawaii Manoa.

Contributors: IAN WOOD, ELIZABETH COATSWORTH, ALEXANDER R. RUMBLE, INGE B. MILFULL, KAREN LOUISE JOLLY, DAVID F. JOHNSON, KAROLYN KINANE, JANE ROBERTS, CALVIN B. KENDALL, ELAINE TREHARNE, NICHOLAS J. HIGHAM.

Details

March 2006
20 black and white, 1 line illustrations
192 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Pubns Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies
ISBN: 9781843831945
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC DSBB
BISAC ART015000
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Table of Contents

Constantinian Crosses in Northumbria - Ian Nicholas Wood
The Cross in the West Riding of Yorkshire - Elizabeth Coatsworth
The Cross in English Place-Names: Vocabulary and Usage - Alexander R. Rumble
Hymns to the Cross: Contexts for the Reception of Vexilla Regis prodeunt - Inge B Milfull
Tapping the Power of the Cross: Who and for Whom? - Karen Louise Jolly
The Crux Usualis as Apotropaic Weapon in Anglo-Saxon England - David F. Johnson
The Cross as Interpretive Guide for Aelfric's Homilies and Saints' Lives - Karolyn Kinane
Guthlac of Crowland and the Seals of the Cross - Jane Roberts
From Sign to Vision: the Ruthwell cross and the Dream of the Rood - Calvin B. Kendall
'Hiht waes geniwad': Rebirth in The Dream of the Rood - Elaine Treharne
The Cross in Cambro-Latin Historical Writing in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries - Nicholas Higham

Reviews

The editors (.) are to be commended for the high standard the essays in this collection set for future studies in the field. (.) This collection (.) will be mandatory reading for anyone interested in the devotional culture of, and especially the culture of the cross in, Anglo-Saxon England. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMAN PHILOLOGY
There is no doubting the richness and range of the learning revealed in these papers or the case they make that the cross was of great importance in Anglo-Saxon England.(...)A very worthwhile and interesting book. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
A wide-ranging and stimulating collection. TOEBI NEWSLETTER
Makes significant points and challenges existing views. NORTHERN HISTORY

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