Vision and image in early Christian England

George Henderson

Nothing in Anglo-Saxon pagan culture could withstand the impact of Christianity after the arrival of the disciples of Pope Gregory I in England. Originally published in 1999, Professor Henderson's book investigates the ways in which the English, in the two centuries following their conversion, expressed their new convictions about this world, and the next. It deals with the impact of books and travel on the Anglo-Saxons, discusses personal sanctity and the manipulation of belief by the state, and identifies the positive role of art in a society constantly afflicted by wars and epidemics. Henderson combines new fragmentary visual and literary evidence in this carefully illustrated book to bring out the peculiar character, both sophisticated and naive, of the new Christian civilisation which began to flourish and, to a surprising degree, recreate that of sixth-century Italy in seventh- and eighth-century England.

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  • 1. Introduction: approaches to images in the early Christian world
  • 2. Secular impulses towards the Insular manuscript style
  • 3. Christian art: influx and impact
  • 4. The colour purple: a late-antique phenomenon and its Anglo-Saxon reflexes
  • 5. Holy men and heavenly beings
  • 6. Incentives towards artistic production in early Christian England: some case histories.

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書名 Vision and image in early Christian England
著作者等 Henderson, George
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2010
ページ数 xviii, 292 p., viii p. of plates
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 9780521180733
NCID BB09250201
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス