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

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

Paperback Anglo-Saxon Studies

By (author) Della Hooke

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  • Publisher: The Boydell Press
  • Format: Paperback | 322 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 244mm x 20mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 18 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Woodbridge
  • ISBN 10: 184383829X
  • ISBN 13: 9781843838296
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 24, 6 black & white illustrations, 18 black & white line drawings, 6 black and white, 18 line drawing
  • Sales rank: 368,437

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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. Della Hooke is Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

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To look at any tree after reading (the) book is to have a clearer grasp of what someone might have made of it (literally and metaphorically) a thousand years ago. SALONAn enormously detailed and authoritative study (which) has much to offer Anglo-Saxon scholarship. (...) An excellent volume. LANDSCAPE HISTORY(A) well-written and thoughtfully constructed book. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY (A) deeply researched and engagingly written book. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW