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

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

Hardback Anglo-Saxon Studies

By (author) Della Hooke


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  • Publisher: The Boydell Press
  • Format: Hardback | 322 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 248mm x 32mm | 1,039g
  • Publication date: 19 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Woodbridge
  • ISBN 10: 1843835657
  • ISBN 13: 9781843835653
  • Illustrations note: b/w illus
  • Sales rank: 574,708

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