Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England (Anglo-Saxon Studies) pdf epub fb2

Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England (Anglo-Saxon Studies) by Victoria Thompson pdf epub fb2

Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England (Anglo-Saxon Studies) Author: Victoria Thompson
Title: Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England (Anglo-Saxon Studies)
ISBN: 1843830701
ISBN13: 978-1843830702
Other Formats: txt lrf mbr mobi
Pages: 246 pages
Publisher: Boydell Press (September 2004)
Language: English
Category: History
Size PDF version: 1823 kb
Size EPUB version: 1652 kb
Subcategory: Europe




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.BR> Victoria Thompson is Lecturer in the Centre for Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands. .