Text, Image, Interpretation: Studies in Anglo-Saxon Literature and its Insular Context in Honour of Eamonn O Carragain

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In emulation of Professor Eamonn O Carragain, who has, over the last few decades, demonstrated how words and images together join in that extraordinary cultural achievement which is the Ruthwell Cross, the volume seeks to transcend the established methods of the single discipline. The twenty-six essays draw together insights from fields as diverse as archaeology, art history, and liturgy to reflect on the literature and material culture of the Anglo-Saxons. The first section looks outwards from the insular context, to medieval Rome, more generally to western Europe, and backwards to the world-geography of the ancient world; its illustrations include colour plates to illumine the hangings, clothing and vestments extant from Anglo-Saxon England. A range of texts is considered in the central section, Latin, English, and Old Norse. The third section focuses on sculpture, buildings and the insular landscape, juxtaposing the sculptured stonework of Northern Britain with early Christian monuments and remains from Ireland; among the illustrations are striking coloured photographs of Irish ecclesiastical sites. The contributors are from Canada, the United States, Italy, Britain, and Ireland.

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List of Abbreviations     ix
List of Illustrations     xi
List of Colour Plates     xvii
Editors' Preface     xix
Foreword   Mary Clayton     xxiii
Looking Outwards
Bede on Seeing the God of Gods in Zion   Jennifer O'Reilly     3
Martyr Cult within the Walls: Saints and Relics in the Roman Tituli of the Fourth to Seventh Centuries   Alan Thacker     31
History in Books' Clothing: Books as Evidence for Cultural Relations between England and the Continent in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries   M. B. Parkes     71
The Barberini Gospels: Context and Intertextual Relationships   Michelle P. Brown     89
Bis per chorum hinc et inde: The 'Virgin and Child with Angels' in the Book of Kells   Carol A. Farr     117
Text and Image in the Red Book of Darley   Catherine E. Karkov     135
The Mysterious Moment of Resurrection in Early Anglo-Saxon and Irish Iconography   Anna Maria Luiselli Fadda     149
Why Sight Holds Flowers: An Apocryphal Source for the Iconography of the Alfred Jewel and Fuller Brooch   Charles D. Wright     169
Text and Textile   Elizabeth Coatsworth     187
The Third Voyage of Cormac in Adomnan's Vita Columbae: Analogues and Context   Diarmuid Scully     209
Reading Texts
Bede's Style in his Commentary On I Samuel   George Hardin Brown     233
The Form and Function of the Vercelli Book   Elaine Treharne     253
The Dream of the Rood as Ekphrasis   Paul E. Szarmach     267
The Dream of the Rood and Guthlac B as a Literary Context for the Monsters in Beowulf   Frederick M. Biggs     289
The Solitary Journey: Aloneness and Community in The Seafarer   Hugh Magennis     303
Stapol: A Firm Foundation for Imagery   Eric Stanley     319
Intoxication, Fornication, and Multiplication: The Burgeoning Text of Genesis A   Andy Orchard     333
Understanding Hrothgar's Humiliation: Beowulf Lines 144-74 in Context   Jane Roberts     355
Image and Ascendancy in Ulfr's Husdrapa   Richard North     369
Reading Stones
Converting the Anglo-Saxon Landscape: Crosses and their Audiences   Carol Neuman de Vegvar     407
Gregory the Great and Angelic Mediation: The Anglo-Saxon Crosses of the Derbyshire Peaks   Jane Hawkes     431
The Winwick Cross and a Suspended Sentence   Richard N. Bailey     449
The Representation of the Apostles in Insular Art, with Special Reference to the New Apostles Frieze at Tarbat, Ross-shire   George Henderson     473
A Suggested Function for the Holy Well?   Niamh Whitfield     495
Sacred Cities?   Michael Ryan     515
Nineteenth-century Travellers to Early Christian Sites in Co. Kerry   Elisabeth Okasha     529
Plates     553
Eamonn O Carragain: A Bibliography   Tomas O Carragain     569
Tabula Gratulatoria     573
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