Trees in Anglo-Saxon England

Trees in Anglo-Saxon England : Literature, Lore and Landscape

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Trees played a particularly important part in the rural economy of Anglo-Saxon England, both for wood and timber and as a wood-pasture resource, with hunting gaining a growing cultural role. But they are also powerful icons in many pre-Christian religions, with a degree of tree symbolism found in Christian scripture too. This wide-ranging book explores both the 'real', historical and archaeological evidence of trees and woodland, and as they are depicted in Anglo-Saxon literature and legend. Place-name and charter references cast light upon the distribution of particular tree species (mapped here in detail for the first time) and also reflect upon regional character in a period that was fundamental for the evolution of the present landscape.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 322 pages
  • 178 x 248 x 32mm | 1,038.72g
  • Boydell & Brewer Ltd
  • The Boydell Press
  • Woodbridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b/w illus
  • 1843835657
  • 9781843835653
  • 744,248

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(A) deeply researched and engagingly written book. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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About Della Hooke

Della Hooke is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences, University of Birmingham (FSA: Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London).

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