Vision and Image in Early Christian Englandby George Henderson
Pub. Date: 08/28/1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Professor Henderson's book investigates the ways in which the English, in the two centuries following their conversion to Christianity, expressed their new convictions about this world, and the next. It deals with the impact of books and travel on the Anglo-Saxons, discusses personal sanctity and the manipulation of belief by the state, and identifies the positive role of art in a society constantly afflicted by wars and epidemics. Henderson combines now fragmentary visual and literary evidence in this carefully illustrated book.
Table of Contents1. Introduction: approaches to images in the early Christian world; 2. Secular impulses towards the Insular manuscript style; 3. Christian art: influx and impact; 4. The colour purple: a late-antique phenomenon and its Anglo-Saxon reflexes; 5. Holy men and heavenly beings; 6. Incentives towards artistic production in early Christian England: some case histories.
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