Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England

Description

Pre-Conquest attitudes towards the dying and the dead have major implications for every aspect of culture, society and religion of the Anglo-Saxon period; but death-bed and funerary practices have been comparatively and unjustly neglected by historical scholarship. In her wide-ranging analysis, Dr Thompson examines such practices in the context of confessional and penitential literature, wills, poetry, chronicles and homilies, to show that complex and ambiguous ideas about death were current at all levels of Anglo-Saxon society. Her study also takes in grave monuments, showing in particular how the Anglo-Scandinavian sculpture of the ninth to the eleventh centuries may indicate not only the status, but also the religious and cultural alignment of those who commissioned and made them. Victoria Thompson is Lecturer in the Centre for Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Details

Author(s)
Victoria Thompson
Format
Paperback | 246 pages
Dimensions
156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
Publication date
19 Jul 2012
Publisher
Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Imprint
The Boydell Press
Publication City/Country
Woodbridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
5 Line drawings, black and white; 3 Illustrations, black and white
ISBN10
1843837315
ISBN13
9781843837312
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1,745,263