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Anglo-Saxon art : a new history

Author: Leslie Webster
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2012.
Series: Cornell paperbacks.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first new introduction to Anglo-Saxon art in twenty-five years and the first book to take account of the 2009 discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard-the largest cache of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork yet found. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field and illustrated with many of the most impressive artifacts, it will be the authoritative book on the subject for years to come. The  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie Webster
ISBN: 9780801477669 0801477662
OCLC Number: 727704085
Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Reading the image, seeing the text --
Rome reinvented I : the early inheritance --
Rome reinvented II : the impact of Christianity --
Celtic connections, Eastern influences : sixth to ninth centuries --
Art and power : from Sutton Hoo to Alfred --
Mission and reform : eighth to eleventh centuries --
The North ascendant : the Viking impact.
Series Title: Cornell paperbacks.
Responsibility: Leslie Webster.

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This is the first new introduction to Anglo-Saxon art in twenty-five years and the first book to take account of the 2009 discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard-the largest cache of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork yet found. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field and illustrated with many of the most impressive artifacts, it will be the authoritative book on the subject for years to come. The Anglo-Saxon period in England, roughly A.D. 400-1100, was a time of extraordinary and profound cultural transformation, culminating in a dramatic shift from a barbarian society to a recognizably medieval civilization. Settled by northern European tribal groupings of pagan and illiterate warriors and farmers in the fifth century, England had by the eleventh century acquired all the trappings of medieval statehood-a developed urban network and complex economy, a carefully regulated coinage, flourishing centers of religion and learning, a vigorous literary tradition, and a remarkable and highly influential artistic heritage that had significant impact far beyond England itself. This book traces the changing nature of that art, the different roles it played in culture, and the various ways it both reflected and influenced the context in which it was created. -- Publisher description.

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