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Trees in the Religions of Early Medieval England

Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies Volume: 26

By: Michael DJ Bintley (Author)

194 pages, 12 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, tables

The Boydell Press

Hardback | Feb 2015 | #218526 | ISBN-13: 9781843839897
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Trees were of considerable importance in Anglo-Saxon religion, both Christian and pre-Christian. Trees in the Religions of Early Medieval England considers various ways in which trees featured in both, and how they helped to mediate the transition between the two. It argues that trees retained certain symbolic characteristics in Anglo-Saxon belief because of their importance to both heathens and Christians, notably the life-sustaining abundance of the earth. Archaeological, historical and textual evidence is used to present a comprehensive picture. Michael D.J. Bintley is Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Christ Church University, Canterbury.


Contents

1  Introduction
2  Holy Trees and Inculturation in the Conversion Period
3  Anglo-Saxon Holy Trees and their Northern European Counterparts
4  Rewriting the Holy Rood in Anglo-Saxon Spiritual History
5  The Human Forest: People and Trees in Early Medieval England and Scandinavia
6  Conclusions
7  Bibliography


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Biography

Michael D.J. Bintley is Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Christ Church University, Canterbury.

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