Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms : Art, Word, War
A richly illustrated book about the artistic and political culture of the Anglo Saxons - the exhibition catalogue for the show at the British Library.
With an astonishing array of beautifully photographed manuscripts and artefacts, the book charts the course of history in England from the departure of the Romans to the arrival of the Normans - a time when the English language was used and written down for the first time, pagan populations were converted to Christianity, and the foundations of the kingdom of England were laid. As you leaf through the pages, you see six centuries of culture and civilisation expressed in outstanding manuscripts and artefacts including The Lindisfarne Gospels, manuscripts of old English poetry, the earliest surviving letter in English and the exquisite Harley Golden Gospels.
Leading specialists in early medieval history, literature and culture engage with the unique, original evidence from which we can piece together the story of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, examining outstanding and beautiful objects such as highlights from the Staffordshire hoard and the Sutton Hoo burial.
The book wonderfully encapsulates the Anglo-Saxon world, demonstrating their mastery of design and language and paints a picture of a culture that was innovative, adaptive and highly sophisticated.
It serves as a superb reminder and an excellent preparation for an outstandingly rich exhibition. But more than that, it is a treasure in its own right and a wonderful present for the history lover in your life.
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- Authors: Claire Breay and Dr Joanna Story
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Date published: October 2018
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0712352079
- Dimensions: 28.0 x 22.0 cm