Vision and Image in Early Christian England

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Nothing in Anglo-Saxon pagan culture could withstand the impact of Christianity after the arrival of the disciples of Pope Gregory I in England. Professor Henderson's book investigates the ways in, which the English in the two centuries following their conversion, expressed their new convictions about this world, and the next. It deals with the impact on the Anglo-Saxons of books and travel, discusses personal sanctity and the manipulation of belief by the state, and identifies the positive role of art in a ...
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Overview

Nothing in Anglo-Saxon pagan culture could withstand the impact of Christianity after the arrival of the disciples of Pope Gregory I in England. Professor Henderson's book investigates the ways in, which the English in the two centuries following their conversion, expressed their new convictions about this world, and the next. It deals with the impact on the Anglo-Saxons of books and travel, 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.
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"A rich account..." Speculum

"...a good general overview of a critical period in the development of English art." Choice

"A useful resource of information for scholars of the early English Church and Anglo-Saxon art." Religious Studies Review

"Although aimed primarily at art historians, Henderson's work is valuable also to those primarily interested in literary imagery. Vision and Image demonstrates a strong connection between insular and continental art. Henderson's work offers a fresh synthesis...The work assumes an easy familiarity with both English history and geography and is best suited to those well-versed in the field of Anglo-Saxon history." Comitatus

"...a useful resource of information for scholars of information for scholars of the early English Church and Anglo-Saxon art." Religious Studies Review

"George Henderson has written widely on medieval art and, in recent years on early Insular art. His Vision and Image is an imaginative and stimulating exploration of art produced in England during the seventeenth and eighth centuries within wider Insular and European contexts." - The Catholic Historical Review Johns Higgit, University of Edinburgh

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521180733
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2011
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface: Non angeli, sed Angli
Introduction: Approaches to images in the Early Christian world 1
1 Secular impulses towards the Insular manuscript style 19
2 Christian art: influx and impact 56
3 The colour purple: a Late Antique phenomenon and its Anglo-Saxon reflexes 122
4 Holy men and heavenly beings 136
5 Incentives towards artistic production in Early Christian England: some case histories 177
Notes 229
Index 286
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