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Medieval History and Archaeology

Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World

Michael G. (Specialist in historic buildings, Specialist in historic buildings, UCL field archaeology unit) Shapland & Michael D. J. (Lecturer in Early Medieval Literature and Culture, Lecturer in Early Medieval Literature and Culture, Birkbeck, University of London) Bintley

Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World

Medieval History and Archaeology

Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World

Medieval History and Archaeology: Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World

 

The very first collection of essays written about the role of trees in early medieval England, bringing together established specialists and new voices to present an interdisciplinary insight into the complex relationship between the early English and their woodlands.


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Beschrijving Medieval History and Archaeology: Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World

Trees were of fundamental importance in Anglo-Saxon society. Anglo-Saxons dwelt in timber houses, relied on woodland as an economic resource, and created a material culture of wood which was at least as meaningfully-imbued, and vastly more prevalent, than the sculpture and metalwork with which we associate them today. Trees held a central place in Anglo-Saxon belief systems, which carried into the Christian period, not least in the figure of the cross itself. Despite
this, the transience of trees and timber in comparison to metal and stone has meant that the subject has received comparatively little attention from scholars.

Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World constitutes the very first collection of essays written about the role of trees in early medieval England, bringing together established specialists and new voices to present an interdisciplinary insight into the complex relationship between the early English and their woodlands. The woodlands of England were not only deeply rooted in every aspect of Anglo-Saxon material culture - as a source of heat and light, food and drink, and wood and
timber for the construction of tools, weapons, and materials - but also in their spiritual life, symbolic vocabulary, and sense of connection to their beliefs and heritage. These essays do not merely focus on practicalities, such as carpentry techniques and the extent of woodland coverage, but rather explore the
place of trees and timber in the intellectual lives of the early medieval inhabitants of England, using evidence from archaeology, place-names, landscapes, and written sources.


ISBN
9780198855514
Pagina's
272
Verschenen
Serie
Medieval History and Archaeology
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Paperback / softback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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