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

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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
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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: 8/1/2000
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Maps: Great Britain and Europe
A Chronology
Apology 1
1 Who are the Anglo-Saxons? 3
2 The English Conquest 14
3 The Canterbury Mission 24
4 Lindisfarne 37
5 Wilfrid, Cuthbert and the Synod of Whitby 49
6 Towards a National Church 62
7 Early Monasteries, Writing and Art 75
8 The English and Europe 90
9 Alfred the Great 106
10 Monastic Revival and Sacred Kingship 118
11 Who Shall Be King? 130
12 Under New Management 143
The Lord's Companions 153
Further Reading 154
Index and Glossary 156
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