Place-names, Language and the Anglo-Saxon Landscape

Place-names, Language and the Anglo-Saxon Landscape


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The landscape of modern England still bears the imprint of its Anglo-Saxon past. Villages and towns, fields, woods and forests, parishes and shires, all shed light on the enduring impact of the Anglo-Saxons. The essays in this volume explore the richness of the interactions between the Anglo-Saxons and their landscape: how they understood, described, and exploited the environments of which they were a part. Ranging from the earliest settlement period through to the urban expansion of late Anglo-Saxon England, this book draws on evidence from place-names, written sources, and the landscape itself to provide fresh insights into the topic. Subjects explored include the history of the study of place-names and the Anglo-Saxon landscape; landscapes of particular regions and the exploitation of particular landscape types; the mechanisms of the transmission and survival of written sources; and the problems and potentials of interdisciplinary research into the Anglo-Saxon landscape. Nicholas J. Higham is Professor of Early Medieval and Landscape History at the University of Manchester; Martin Ryan lectures in Medieval History at the University of Manchester. Contributors: Ann Cole, Linda M. Corrigan, Dorn Van Dommelen, Simon Draper, Gillian Fellows-Jensen, Della Hooke, Duncan Probert, Alexander R. Rumble, Martin J. Ryan, Peter A. Stokes, Richard Watson.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843836032
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 03/17/2011
Series: Pubns Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies Series , #10
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements ix

List of Contributors x

Abbreviations xi

1 Place-Names, Language and the Anglo-Saxon Landscape: An Introduction 1 Martin J. Ryan

2 The Landscape of Place-Name Studies 23 Alexander R. Rumble

3 Place-Names as Travellers' Landmarks 51 Ann Cole

4 Light thrown by Scandinavian Place-Names on the Anglo-Saxon Landscape 69 Gillian Fellows-Jensen

5 Language and the Anglo-Saxon Landscape: Towards an Archaeological Interpretation of Place-Names in Wiltshire 85 Simon Draper

6 Hunting the Vikings in South Cumbria from Ambleside to Haverbrack 105 Linda M. Corrigan

7 Viking-Age Amounderness: A Reconsideration 125 Richard Watson

8 The Woodland Landscape of Early Medieval England 143 Della Hooke

9 The Pre-Conquest Lands and Parish of Crediton Minster, Devon 175 Duncan Probert

10 Rewriting the Bounds: Pershore's Powick and Leigh 195 Peter A. Stokes

11 That 'Dreary Old Question': The Hide in Early Anglo-Saxon England 207 Martin J. Ryan

12 Boroughs and Socio-Political Reconstruction in Late Anglo-Saxon England 225 Dorn Van Dommelen

Index 241

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