Sagas, Saints and Settlements

Author: Gareth Williams,Paul Bibire

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004138072

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 153

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This volume contains seven papers relating to Norse history and literature. Two cover issues of saga genre, two explore the relationship between sagas and medieval hagiography, and three consider aspects of the Norse settlement in Scotland from an interdisciplinary perspective. With contributions by Svanhildur Oskarsdottir, Phil Cardew, Haki Antonsson, Gareth Williams, Barbara Crawford and Simon Taylor.

Saints and Their Communities

Miracle Stories in Twelfth-Century England

Author: Simon Yarrow

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 019928363X

Category: History

Page: 247

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The author argues that miracle narratives were the product of and helped to foster lay notions of Christian practice and identity centred on the spiritual patronage of certain enshrined saints."--BOOK JACKET.

The Architectural Setting of the Cult of Saints in the Early Christian West c.300-c.1200

Author: John Crook

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 0191543004

Category: History

Page: 334

View: 9969


This book explores the way in which church architecture from the earliest centuries of Christianity has been shaped by holy bones - the physical remains or 'relics' of those whom the Church venerated as saints. The Church's holy dead continued to exercise an influence on the living from beyond the grave, and their earthly remains provided a focus for prayer. The memoriae, house-churches and crypts of early Christian Rome; the elaborately decorated monuments containing the bodies of the bishops of Merovingian Gaul; the revival of ring crypts in the Carshingian empire; the crypts, 'tomb-shrines', and later high shrines of medieval England, all demonstrate how the presence of a holy body within a church influenced its very architecture. This is the first complete modern study of this hitherto somewhat neglected aspect of medieval church architecture in western Europe.

Charters of Abingdon Abbey

Author: Susan E. Kelly,British Academy

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 444

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'The British Academy's Anglo-Saxon Charters series is further enhanced by the two volumes of S.E. Kelly (ed.), Charters of Abingdon Abbey, a meticulous edition and very full introduction well up to the editor's exacting standards.' -Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature 'Brilliantly done... One of the treasures of this edition is the inclusion of solutions of the many vernacular charter bounds carefully preserved at the abbey into the thirteenth century... how lucky to have dedicated and insightful scholars such as Dr Kelly, who has done so much for the British Academy's charter editions.' -English Historical Review 'Susan Kelly has put the Anglo-Saxonist in her debt by her magisterial two-volume edition of the charters of Abingdon Abbey... a superb investigation of the unique problems associated with the charters... all in all, a study which no student of pre-Conquest history can afford to do without.' -Medium ÆvumThis edition of 151 royal diplomas and other documents associated with Abingdon Abbey and its estates forms a major resource for the study of Anglo-Saxon history. Part 1 contains the first 50 texts, all pre-dating Aethelwold's crucial refoundation of the house around 955. A substantial Introduction discusses the abbey's history and endowment, and considers controversial issues arising from the texts themselves. Part 2, covering the period 955-1066, will complete the edition of this important archive.

The Archaeology of Cathedrals

Author: T. W. T. Tatton-Brown,Julian Munby

Publisher: Oxford Univ School of Archaeology


Category: Social Science

Page: 239

View: 4290


Essays reviewing the progress of archaeological research and discoveries at English cathedrals, based on a 1989 conference held in Oxford. Contents include: The Archaeological Study of Cathedrals in England 1800-2000: A Review and Speculation (R. Morris); Seveneenth Century Work at Ripon and Hexham (R. N. Bailey); The Cathedral Priory Church at Bath (P. Davenport); The Origins and Development of the Twelfth-Century Cathedral Church at Carlisle (M. R. McCarthy); Archaeology and Chichester Cathedral (T. Tatton-Brown); Current Thinking on Glasgow Cathdedral (R. Fawcett); The Archaeology of Gloucester Cathedral (C. Heighway); Archaeology and the Standing Fabric: Recent Investigations at Lichfield Cathedral (Warwick Rodwell); The Archaeology of Oxford Cathedral ( J. Blair); Archaeology and Rochester Cathedral (T. Tatton-Brown); Above and Below Ground: Archaeology at Wells Cathedral (J. Crook); Robert Willis and the Study of Medieval Architecture (M. W. Thompson; Cathedral Carpentry (J. Munby); Dendrochronology in Cathedrals (W. G. Simpson and C. D. Litton); Mouldings in Medieval Cathedrals (R. K. Morris); Masons' Marks and Stone Buildings (J. S. Alexander); The Care of Cathedrals Measure 1990 (R. Gem).

Death in Towns

Urban Responses to the Dying and the Dead, 100-1600

Author: Steven Bassett

Publisher: Leicester University


Category: History

Page: 258

View: 9968


This comprehensive treatment of the archaeological, textual and architectural evidence of the urban response to dying and death is unique both in its subject and in the way it exploits the opportunities offered for historical and geographical comparison over an unusually wide range of space and time. Using evidence of funerary objects, liturgical texts, the records of families, guilds and congregations, and the modern techniques of forensic science, the contributors have produced a book which explores some important elements of continuity and change in Western urban life.