The Runes on the Cross: The Story of Our Anglo-Saxon Heritage

The Runes on the Cross: The Story of Our Anglo-Saxon Heritage

by Fay Sampson
     
 

"How did heathen warriors of the one-eyed god Woden become founders of the English Church? Did their inspiration come from Augustine's Roman mission at Canterbury or Aidan's Celtic abbey on Lindisfarne? And how did we come to have Viking archbishops at Canterbury and York?" "Fay Sampson traces our Anglo-Saxon heritage, from mercenaries serving in the Roman army to the… See more details below

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"How did heathen warriors of the one-eyed god Woden become founders of the English Church? Did their inspiration come from Augustine's Roman mission at Canterbury or Aidan's Celtic abbey on Lindisfarne? And how did we come to have Viking archbishops at Canterbury and York?" "Fay Sampson traces our Anglo-Saxon heritage, from mercenaries serving in the Roman army to the last obstinate English bishop under William the Conqueror. The story takes in the artistic glories of the Lindisfarne Gospels. It finds the hero Christ in a riddling poem carved in runes on a stone cross. It tells of influential abbesses, like Hild of Whitby, and of hermits in demon-haunted fens, like Guthlac of Crowland." "These were violent times. While the Anglo-Saxons were conquering their Celtic neighbours, they themselves were invaded by the Vikings. Out of the darkness rose Alfred the Great to protect and inspire." "Runes on the Cross does more than tell a stirring story. It unfolds the Anglo-Saxon vision of Christ: the valiant warrior surrounded by faithful companions, the generous lord who commands loyalty beyond family ties, the teacher who cares for each pupil individually, the sacred king crowned in glory."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN-13:
9780281052684
Publisher:
SPCK Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.77(h) x 0.44(d)

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