The Material Culture of Daily Living in the Anglo-Saxon World

The Material Culture of Daily Living in the Anglo-Saxon World


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The Material Culture of Daily Living in the Anglo-Saxon World by Maren Clegg Hyer

This illustrated book introduces serious students of Anglo-Saxon culture to selected aspects of the realities of Anglo-Saxon life through reference to artefacts and textual sources. Everyday practices and processes are investigated, such as the exploitation of animals for clothing, meat, cheese and parchment; ships for travel, trade and transport; manufacturing processes of metalwork; textiles for dress and furnishing and the practicalities of living with illness or disability.\~Articles collected in this volume illuminate how an understanding of the material culture of the daily Anglo-Saxon world can inform reading and scholarship in Anglo-Saxon studies. Scholarly and practical material presented inform one another, making the book accessible to any reader seriously interested in England in the early Middle Ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780859898805
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2013
Series: University of Exeter Press - Exeter Studies in History Series
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Maren Clegg Hyer is Associate Professor of English at Valdosta State University (Georgia), and specialises in researching material culture, including textiles and textile imagery, in Anglo-Saxon England. Gale R. Owen-Crocker is Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture at the University of Manchester. She is editor of 'Working with Anglo- Saxon Manuscripts' (University of Exeter Press, 2009).

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
1. Introduction: Material Culture and the Study of Anglo-Saxon England
Maren Glegg Hyer
2. Prelude: Agriculture Through the Year
David Hill
3. The True Staff of Life: The Multiple Roles of Plants
4. Steep Vessel, High Horn-ship: Water Transport
Katin Thier
5. 'To eat, to wear, to work': The Place of Sheep and Cattle in the Economy
Christopher Grocock
6. Devil's Crafts and Dragon's Skins? Sheaths, Shoes and Other Leatherwork
Esther Cameron and Quita Mould
7. Chanting upon a Dunghill: Working Skeletal Materials
Ian Riddler and Nicola Trzaska-Nartowski
8. Eath's Treasures: Food and Drink
Christina Lee
9. Woven Works: Making and Using Textiles
Maren Clegg Hyer and Gale R. Owen-Cocker
10. Weland's Work: Metals and Metalsmiths
David A. Hinton
11. 'Seldom ... does the deadly spear rest for long': Weapons and Armour
Gale R.Owen-Cocker
12. Things of This World: Portable Antiquities and Their Potential
Michael Lewis, Andrew Richardson and David Williams
13. Sight, Insight and Hand: Some Reflections on the Design and Manufacture of the Fuller Brooch
Elizabeth Coatsworth and Michael Pinder
14. The Bright Cup: Early Medieval Vessel Glass
Win Stephens
15. Body and Soul: Disease and Impairment
Christina Lee

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