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The sword in early medieval northern Europe : experience, identity, representation

Author: Sue Brunning
Publisher: Woodbridge : The Boydell Press, 2019.
Series: Anglo-Saxon studies, 36.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Swords were special in Anglo-Saxon England. Their names, deeds and pedigrees were enshrined in writing. Many were curated for generations, revealed by their worn and mended condition. Few ended their lives as casual discards, placed instead in graves, hoards and watercourses as part of ritualised acts. Contemporary sources leave no doubt that complex social meanings surrounded these weapons, transcending their use  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sue Brunning
ISBN: 9781783274062 1783274069
OCLC Number: 1108709762
Description: xvi, 213 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Swords in mind --
1. Image --
2. Archaeology --
3. Text --
4. 'Living' swords --
Postscript --
Appendix: Images and swords referenced in the text.
Series Title: Anglo-Saxon studies, 36.
Responsibility: Sue Brunning.

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A wide-ranging study of the significance of swords throughout the whole Anglo-Saxon period, offering valuable insights into the meaning of and attitude towards swords.  Read more...

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