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1979. The Saxon Age: Commentaries of an Era by A. F. (Arthur Finley) Scott

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About this book/synopsis: This lavishly illustrated book presents a vivid portrait of the daily life of Saxon England. Using the first hand evidence of contemporary writers, artists and craftsmen, the book conveys the mood and style of the Saxons from the royal court to the peasant's hut. A wealth of information is offered, extending over 500 years. Chronologically presented, many diverse aspects of life are covered - towns, family, education, the arts, sports and pastimes, health, work and wages, religion, law and crime, historic events, warfare and happening on the sea. The illustrations have been carefully selected both for their relation to the text and for their own intrinsic value, and they exemplify the life of the period at every level. Here is constant change: Vikings, Saxons, marauders, settlers and slaves; the Church established, St. Columba, St. Augustine, the Venerable Bede, King Alfred the Great defeating the Danes and the scattered regions becoming a kingdom. While the Saxon Age is a valuable book of reference, it also makes compelling reading as a vivid and entertaining account of popular life

Contents:
List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements
1. Royalty
2. Towns and Buildings
3. Family
4. Food and Drink
5. Education
6. The Arts
7. Sports and Pastimes
8. Health
9. Work and Payments
10. Religion
11. Law and Crime
12. Warfare
13. England and the Sea
Select Bibliography; Biographies; Index

Illustrations
1. A Saxon King and his Witan, the national council in Saxon times (Source: The British Library, Cotton MS, Claudius B IV, f.59)
2. Silver penny of King Offa (British Museum)
3. Silver penny of Archbishop Coelnoth (British Museum)
4. Silver coin of King Alfred (British Museum)
5. Fields at Braunton, Devon (Cambridge University Collection)
6. A royal manor of the kings of Wessex (reconstruction; The Illustrated London News)
7. Aerial view of Tintagel Castle, Cornwall (Charles Woolf, Newquay)
8. Saxon tower, All Saints Church, Earls Barton (Photograph: Edwin Smith)
9. Early English head-dresses (The Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS. Douce 180)
10. A Thegn (The British Library, Cotton MS, Tiberius B. V pt I f.39)
11. Curtained beds in Saxon England (The British Library, Cotton MS, Claudius B, IV, f. 27v)
12. Anglo-Saxon banquet - the toast (The British Library, Cotton MS, Claudius B, IV, f. 35v)
13. The Sutton Hoo ship (Photograph by C. W. Phillips)
14. Flap of a purse, Sutton Hoo burial (British Museum)
15. Part of Bede's 'Historia Ecclesiastic Gentis Anglorum' (British Museum)
16. Silver Brooch, Killamery, Co. Kilkenny (National Museum of Ireland, Dublin)
17. Silver beakers from Denmark (Danish National Museum)
18. Saxon Gleemen (The British Library, Cotton MS. Vespasian A.I, f. 30v)
19. Saxon jugglers (The British Library, Cotton MS. Tiberius C. VI, f. 30)
20. Saxon archers (The British Library, Cotton MS. Claudius B IV, Tiberius BV)
21. Saxon chieftain with huntsmen and hounds (The British Library, Cotton MS. Claudius B IV, Tiberius BV)
22. The Oseberg Wagon (University Museum of National Antiquities, Oslo, Norway)
23. Anglo-Saxons digging (The Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS. Junius 11)
24. Saxon women winding and weaving wool (The Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge)
25. Builders at work (The British Library, Harley MS, 603, f. 66v)
26. A reeve supervising villeins reaping corn (The British Library, Royal MS. 2 B VII f. 78v)
27. The Monastery of Iona (British Tourist Authority)
28. Glastonbury Abbey (Photograph by Sydney W. Newberry)
29. Book of Kells: Portrait of St. John (The Board of Trinity College, Dublin)
30. Cross of Patrick and Columba, Kells, Co. Meath (Commissioners of Public Works, Ireland)
31. Frontispiece of the Liber Vitae of New Minster, Winchester (The British Library, Stowe MS. 944, f. 7)
32. The Fates of Men (The British Library, Cotton MS. Claudius B IV f. 59)
33. A Saxon being punished (The British Library, Cotton MS. Claudius B IV f.81)
34. King Arthur in battle (Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris)
35. The Sutton Hoo helmet (The Trustees of the British Museum)
36. Mousa Castle in the Shetland Islands
37. The Gokstad ship, Norway (University Museum of National Antiquities, Oslo, Norway)
38. A Monk in a fishing-boat (The British Library, Facs. MS. 282 f. 4)
Map: The English Kingdoms at the beginning of the 7th Century



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