New PDF release: Anglo-Saxon Myths: State and Church, 400-1066

By Nicholas Brooks

ISBN-10: 1852851546

ISBN-13: 9781852851545

During this number of essays Nicholas Brooks explores a few of the earliest and so much complex resources, either written and archaeological, for early English heritage. In his fingers, the constitution and services of Anglo-Saxon foundation tales and charters (whether real or cast) remove darkness from English political and social buildings, in addition to ecclesiastical, city and rural landscapes. in addition to formerly released essays, Anglo-Saxon Myths: kingdom and Church, 400-1066 contains a new account of the English beginning fantasy and a evaluate of the advancements within the examine of Anglo-Saxon charters over the past twenty years.

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In other towns churches may have continued to serve a Christian population of British origin. But urban marketing and trade seem to have withered with the collapse of the currency; town-buildings decayed and were replaced either in timber or not at all, so that the Roman street-layouts and Roman property boundaries were lost almost everywhere. The economy of subRoman Celtic Britain was a far more primitive one than its Roman predecessor: a tiny warrior aristocracy extracted treasure and tribute from a rural population, whether free or unfree, who were engaged in subsistence agriculture, predominantly pastoral.

In the seventh, eighth and ninth centuries the church in England became enormously wealthy through donations of land and treasure by pious kings, queens and nobles. Wealth enabled the church to become a dominant, perhaps the dominant, patron. What survives today is, of course, a tiny fraction of what must once have existed. But it does convey some idea of the rich inspiration of Anglo-Saxon artists and of their technical mastery of their craft in the service of the church. The churches established in every kingdom by kings and nobles also served as centres where the memory of these benefactors and of their dynasties was preserved.

60 The discovery of the 'copies' (which we can recognize as forgeries) in some suitably forgotten spot might be said to be attended by miraculous revelations. The Canterbury monk, historian, and perhaps forger Eadmer, describes how in 1120 the Canterbury case for 58 A. G r a n s d e n , Historical Writing in England, 550-1307 ( L o n d o n , 1974), p p . 111-14. M . L a p i d g e , ' D o m i n i c of Evesham's Vita S. Ecgwini', Analecta Bollandiana, 96 (1978), pp. 65-104. 59 S 54, 78, 79, 80, 8 1 , 8 3 , 97, 112, 115, 191, 203, 226, 873, 935, 957, 991, 1026, 1052, 1053, 1057, 1058, 1174, 1175, 1214, 1123, 1238, 1398, 1479.

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