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A collection of 21 specially commissioned papers which aims to provide an interdisciplinary study of the origins of Mercia, its culture and its relationship to the Church and other kingdoms, in the British Isles and on the Continent. With papers written by some of the most familiar names in Anglo-Saxon studies, this is a useful and authoritative collection. Contents include: The origins of Mercia ( Barbara Yorke ); Political Women in Mercia ( Pauline Stafford ); The Mercian church ( David Parsons ); Wales and Mercia ( T M Charles-Edwards ); Carolingian Contacts ( Janet L Nelson ); The archaeology of Mercia ( Martin Welch ); Mercia: Landscape and Environment ( Martin Welch ); The growth of market centres and towns ( Alan Vince ); Constructing iconographies ( Jane Hawkes ); Metalwork ( Leslie Webster ); military institutions ( Gareth Williams ); Mercia and Wessex ( Simon Keynes ). Includes an extensive bibliography.
About the Author
Michelle P. Brown is Curator of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library and the author of a number of books including The Book of Cerne: Prayer, Patronage and Power in Ninth-Century England (1996). She also is a Lay Canon of St Paul's Cathedral.
Carol A. Farr is Tutor at the Mary Ward Centre, Queen Square, London. She is the author of The Book of Kells: Its Function and Audience (1997).