Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World Hardback
Edited by Michael D. J. (Lecturer in Early Medieval Literature and Culture, Lecturer in Early Medieva Bintley, Michael G. (Specialist in historic buildings, Specialist in historic buildings, UCL field Shapland
Part of the Medieval History and Archaeology series
Trees were of fundamental importance in Anglo-Saxon society.
Anglo-Saxons dwelt in timber houses, relied on woodland as an economic resource, and created a material culture of wood which was at least as meaningfully-imbued, and vastly more prevalent, than the sculpture and metalwork with which we associate them today.
Trees held a central place in Anglo-Saxon belief systems, which carried into the Christian period, not least in the figure of the cross itself.
Despitethis, the transience of trees and timber in comparison to metal and stone has meant that the subject has received comparatively little attention from scholars.
Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World constitutes the very first collection of essays written about the role of trees in early medieval England, bringing together established specialists and new voices to present an interdisciplinary insight into the complex relationship between the early English and their woodlands.
The woodlands of England were not only deeply rooted in every aspect of Anglo-Saxon material culture, as a source of heat and light, food and drink, wood and timberfor the construction of tools, weapons, and materials, but also in their spiritual life, symbolic vocabulary, and sense of connection to their beliefs and heritage.
These essays do not merely focus on practicalities, such as carpentry techniques and the extent of woodland coverage, but rather explore the placeof trees and timber in the intellectual lives of the early medieval inhabitants of England, using evidence from archaeology, place-names, landscapes, and written sources.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 272 pages, 39 black and white figures/illustrations
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 24/10/2013
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780199680795