Religion and literature in western England, 600-800

Patrick Sims-Williams

Even the Venerable Bede knew little about the two Anglo-Saxon kingdoms described in this book. In the sixth and seventh centuries the pagan peoples of the Hwicce and Magonsaetan occupied the frontier from Stratford-upon-Avon as far as the Welsh kingdoms west of Offa's Dyke. They retained their own kings, aristocracy and independent monasteries into the eighth century. Using archaeological, place-name and historical sources, Dr Sims-Williams describes the early conversion to Christianity of these people, the origins of the dioceses of Worcester and Hereford, and the precocious growth of Anglo-Saxon monasticism. Drawing on many neglected documents he reveals a wide range of Continental, Irish and Anglo-Saxon influences on the church and shows that the monasteries were as varied in character as the Northumbrian foundations described by Bede.

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  • List of illustrations
  • Preface
  • List of abbreviations
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The kingdoms of the Hwicce and the Magonsaetan
  • 3. Paganism and Christianity
  • 4. Early influences on the church
  • 5. Varieties of monasticism
  • 6. The eighth-century church
  • 7. Biblical study
  • 8. Letter-writing
  • 9. The unseen world: the monk of Wenlock's vision
  • 10. Prayer and magic
  • 11. Milred, Cuthbert and Anglo-Latin poetry
  • 12. The church and the landscape
  • 13. Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index.

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書名 Religion and literature in western England, 600-800
著作者等 Sims-Williams, Patrick
Orchard, Andy
Keynes, Simon
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in Anglo-Saxon England
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1990
ページ数 xiii, 448 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521673429
NCID BA11390716
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス