The Meadhall: The Feasting Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England / Edition 2

The Meadhall: The Feasting Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England / Edition 2

by Stephen Pollington
     
 

ISBN-10: 1898281548

ISBN-13: 9781898281542

Pub. Date: 12/31/2010

Publisher: Anglo-Saxon Books

Communal meals were an important part of Anglo-Saxon society. They were enjoyed by nobles and yeomen, warriors, farmers, churchmen and laity. Some of the feasts were informal communal gatherings ( gebeorscipe ) while others were formal ritual gatherings ( symbel ).

Using the evidence of Old English texts - including the epic Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon

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Overview

Communal meals were an important part of Anglo-Saxon society. They were enjoyed by nobles and yeomen, warriors, farmers, churchmen and laity. Some of the feasts were informal communal gatherings ( gebeorscipe ) while others were formal ritual gatherings ( symbel ).

Using the evidence of Old English texts - including the epic Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles - Stephen Pollington shows that the idea of feasting remained central to early English social traditions long after the physical reality had declined in importance.

The words of the poets and saga-writers are supported by a wealth of archaeological data dealing with halls, settlement layouts and the magnificent feasting gear found in many early Anglo-Saxon graves.

The volume includes three appendices: Hall-themes in Old English verse; Old English texts; The structure and origins of the warband.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781898281542
Publisher:
Anglo-Saxon Books
Publication date:
12/31/2010
Series:
None Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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