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The Anglo-Saxons

Synthesis and Achievement

Edited by J. Douglas Woods & David A.E. Pelteret
Subjects History, Religion
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Paperback : 9780889201668, 199 pages, May 1986
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554588244, 199 pages, October 2010

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Table of Contents for
The Anglo-Saxons: Synthesis and Achievement, edited by J. Douglas Woods and David A. E. Pelteret



Introduction | David A. E. Pelteret

1 Bayeux Tapestry: History or Propaganda? | Shirley A. Brown

2 The Boundaries of Old English Literature | Angus Cameron

3 Beowulf, Bede, and St. Oswine: The Hero's Pride in Old English Hagiography | Colin Chase

4 Domestic Peace and Public Order in Anglo-Saxon Law | Rebecca V. Colman

5 Two Early Anglo-Saxon Holy Men: Oswald and Cuthbert | John Corbett

6 The Celtic Church in Anglo-Saxon Times | Claude Evans

7 Anglo-Saxon Use of the Apocryphal Gospel | Antonette de Paolo Healey

8 The Image of the Worm: Some Literary Implications of Serpentine Decoration | Andrew J. G. Paternall

9 Slavery in Anglo-Saxon England | David A. E. Pelteret

10 Germanic Warrior Terms in Old Saxon | J. Douglas Woods

Bibliographic Essay | David A. E. Pelteret



The popular notion that sees the Anglo-Saxon era as “The Dark Ages” perhaps has tended to obscure for many people the creations and strengths of that time. This collection, in examining many aspects of pre-Norman Britain, helps to illuminate how Anglo-Saxon society contributed to the continuity of knowledge between the ancient world and the modern world. But as well, it posits a view of that society in its own distinctive terms to show how it developed as a synthesis of radically different cultures.

The Bayeux Tapestry is examined for its underlying political motivations; the study of Old English literature is extended to such works as laws, charters, apocryphal literature, saints’ lives and mythologies, and many of these are studied for the insight they provide into the social structures of the Anglo-Saxons. Other essays examine both the institution of slavery and the use of Germanic warrior terminology in Old Saxon as a contribution towards the descriptive analysis of that society’s social groupings. The book also presents a perspective on the Christian church that is usually overlooked by historians: that its existence was continuous and influential from Roman times, and that it was greatly affected by the Celtic Christian church long after the latter was thought to have disintegrated.