The Material Culture of Daily Living in the Anglo-Saxon World

Edited by Maren Clegg Hyer and Gale R. Owen-Crocker

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ISBN: 9780859898805

Publication: April 26, 2013

Series: Exeter Studies in Medieval Europe

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This illustrated book introduces serious students of Anglo-Saxon culture to selected aspects of the realities of Anglo-Saxon life through reference to artefacts and textual sources. Everyday practices and processes are investigated, such as the exploitation of animals for clothing, meat, cheese and parchment; ships for travel, trade and transport; manufacturing processes of metalwork; textiles for dress and furnishing and the practicalities of living with illness or disability. Articles collected in this volume illuminate how an understanding of the material culture of the daily Anglo-Saxon world can inform reading and scholarship in Anglo-Saxon studies. Scholarly and practical material presented inform one another, making the book accessible to any reader seriously interested in England in the early Middle Ages.

Gale R. Owen-Crocker is Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture at the University of Manchester. She is editor of Working with Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (University of Exeter Press, 2009).

Maren Clegg Hyer is Associate Professor of English at Valdosta State University (Georgia), and specialises in researching material culture, including textiles and textile imagery, in Anglo-Saxon England.

List of illustrations 1. Introduction: Material Culture and the Study of Anglo-Saxon England Maren Glegg Hyer 2. Prelude: Agriculture Through the Year David Hill 3. The True Staff of Life: The Multiple Roles of Plants C.P.Bigga, 4. Steep Vessel, High Horn-ship: Water Transport Katin Thier 5. 'To eat, to wear, to work': The Place of Sheep and Cattle in the Economy Christopher Grocock 6. Devil's Crafts and Dragon's Skins? Sheaths, Shoes and Other Leatherwork Esther Cameron and Quita Mould 7. Chanting upon a Dunghill: Working Skeletal Materials Ian Riddler and Nicola Trzaska-Nartowski 8. Eath's Treasures: Food and Drink Christina Lee 9. Woven Works: Making and Using Textiles Maren Clegg Hyer and Gale R. Owen-Cocker 10. Weland's Work: Metals and Metalsmiths David A. Hinton 11. 'Seldom ... does the deadly spear rest for long': Weapons and Armour Gale R.Owen-Cocker 12. Things of This World: Portable Antiquities and Their Potential Michael Lewis, Andrew Richardson and David Williams 13. Sight, Insight and Hand: Some Reflections on the Design and Manufacture of the Fuller Brooch Elizabeth Coatsworth and Michael Pinder 14. The Bright Cup: Early Medieval Vessel Glass Win Stephens 15. Body and Soul: Disease and Impairment Christina Lee Notes Suggested Reading Index List of contributors

This volume provides a helpful, clear, and practical overview of the key sites and objects in the Anglo-Saxon repertoire. It will be a valuable introductory textbook to the ways in which a knowledge of the physical evidence can enhance literary and historical readings of the period.
  The Medieval Review, 12.10.34

Format: Paperback

Size: 248 x 174 mm

398 Pages

ISBN: 9780859898805

Publication: April 26, 2013

Series: Exeter Studies in Medieval Europe

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