The Material Culture of Daily Living in the Anglo-Saxon World
Edited by Maren Clegg Hyer and Gale R. Owen-Crocker
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).
Dr Maren Clegg Hyer is Associate Professor of English at Valdosta State University (Georgia). She specializes in researching textiles and textile imagery in Anglo-Saxon culture. Some of her recent publications include 'The Material Culture of Daily Living in Anglo-Saxon England' (edited with Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Exeter 2011); 'The Material Culture of the Built Environment in the Anglo-Saxon World' (edited with Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Liverpool 2015); and 'Textiles, Text, Intertext: Essays in Honour of Gale R. Owen-Crocker' (edited with Jill Frederick, Boydell 2016), including a chapter in that volume, "Text, Textile, Context: Aldhelm and Wordweaving as Metaphor in Old English."
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
Size: 248 x 174 mm
Publication: June 1, 2011
Series: Exeter Studies in Medieval Europe