Sense and Feeling in Daily Living in the Early Medieval English World

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Sense and Feeling in Daily Living in the Early Medieval English World

Exeter Studies in Medieval Europe


July 15th, 2020

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Sense and Feeling in Daily Living in the Early Medieval English World seeks to illuminate important aspects of daily living and the experience of the environment through sense and emotion, using archaeological, art and textual sources. Twelve papers explore sight, sound, taste, smell, touch, and emotions such as anger, horror, grief and joy.
Similar in theme and method to the first, second and third volumes in the Daily Living in the Anglo-Saxon World series, the collected articles illuminate how an understanding of the sensory and emotional landscape that helped form the daily lives of the peoples and the environments of early medieval England can inform the study of England before the Norman Conquest. The sights, smells, and sounds that informed the physical and emotional landscape of town, scriptoria, and hall, for example, explain urban planning, literary imagery and emotional attachment evident among the early medieval English peoples. Experienced senses and emotions are thus as central to understanding the inner and outer landscape of the pre-Conquest English as crafts, towns or water structures.

Author Information

Maren Clegg Hyer is Professor of English at Valdosta State University (Georgia). Her recent publications include Water and the Environment in the Anglo-Saxon World (ed with Della Hooke, Liverpool, 2017) and Old English Lexicology and Lexicography (ed with Haruko Momma and Samantha Zacher, Boydell, 2020). Gale R. Owen-Crocker is Professor Emerita of The University of Manchester; she was formerly Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture and Director of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies. She was co-founder and for 15 years co-editor of the journal Medieval Clothing and Textiles. Her recent books include Clothing the Past: Surviving Garments from Early Medieval to Early Modern Western Europe (with Elizabeth Coatsworth, Brill, 2018) and Making Sense of the Bayeux Tapestry: Readings and Reworkings (with Anna Henderson, Manchester, 2016).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
1. Sight and Vision in Early Medieval English Art28
2. ‘Þær wæs hearpan sweg, swotol sang scopes’: Sounds of Pre-Conquest Community49
3. Sweetness and Bitterness: The Sense of Taste in andaround Anglo-Saxon England70
4. The Blossoms’ Sweet Stench: Smell in Early Medieval England86
5. The Sense of Touch: The Haptic Communication of Emotions in Anglo-Saxon England from a Linguistic Perspective103
6. Bedship and Sex-Play: Sex and Sensuality in Early Medieval England123
7. Above the Head of a Serpent: Women and Anger in Pre-Conquest England142
8. Terrifying Sounds in Beowulf: A Model for Theorizing Fear, Horror and Related Emotions in Pre-Conquest England158
9. ‘Murnan on Mode’: Grief in Early Medieval England174
10. Sensing Joy in Early Medieval England: Reconstructing Acts of Rejoicing in the Harley Psalter193
11. Smelly Sheep, Shimmering Silk: The Sensual and Emotional Experience of Textiles213
12. Gerontophobia in Early Medieval England: Anglo-Saxon Reflections on Old Age235
Suggested Reading299