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Suffolk in the Middle Ages : Studies in Places and Place-Names, the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial, Saints, Mummies and Crosses, Domesday Book and Chronicles of Bury Abbey - Norman Scarfe

Suffolk in the Middle Ages

Studies in Places and Place-Names, the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial, Saints, Mummies and Crosses, Domesday Book and Chronicles of Bury Abbey

Paperback Published: 2nd August 2010
ISBN: 9781843830689
Number Of Pages: 212

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The modern landscape of Suffolk is still essentially a medieval one, though much of it is even earlier: the five hundred medieval churches and ten thousand 'listed' houses 'of historic or architectural interest', and the 'Hundred' lanes going back at least to the tenth century, are often found to be set in a landscape created before the Roman conquest. Suffolk in the Middle Ages opens with a discussion of the earliest written records, the place-names, as a guide to settlement-patterns, including the setting of Sutton Hoo. Among the grave-goods found in that celebrated ship and discussed here was the whetstone-sceptre; asked to carry it from its showcase in the British Museum to the laboratory, the author acknowledges a closer feeling of involvement even than helping to re-open the ship in its mound in 1966. His explanation of the presence of the whetstone-sceptre, printed here, has never been challenged. The identification of a carved Anglo-Saxon cross at Iken in 1977 prompted the essay here on St Botolph and the coming of East Anglian Christianity. This leads to a consideration of the Danish invasion of East Anglia, and a reexamination of the posthumous victory of King Edmund and Christianity as portrayed in an imaginary Breckland warren on the front of this book. Scarfe's carefully reasoned argument that the Metropolitan Museum's famous walrus ivory cross was made for the monks' choir at Bury has never been refuted. Life in Bury abbey is vividly reconstructed: it was the most richly documented flowering of the work of East Anglia's apostles, Felix and Fursa, which also led to the phenomenal establishment in Suffolk by 1086 of four hundred of the five hundred medieval churches. In four East Suffolk essays, Southwold, Dunwich, Yoxford and Wingfield are exposed to Norman Scarfe's interpretative skills. He reveals a past few could have guessed at, often quite as curious as the 'Two Strange Tales' unravelled in his concluding pages.

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A fascinating book...history as it should be written. R.H.C. DAVIS

List of plates
List of maps and plans
Settlers and Missionaries
Place-names and Settlements in the Landscape: an Introduction, and some Themesp. 1
Raedwald's Queen and the Sutton Hoo Coins: Dishonour, Diplomacy, and the Battle at the Idle Riverp. 30
St. Botolph, the Iken Cross, and the Coming of East Anglian Christianityp. 39
St. Edmund and West Suffolk
St. Edmund's Corpse: Defeat into Victoryp. 55
The Naming of Alpheton: Two Landed Anglo-Saxon Ladies in Domesday Bookp. 73
Labelling the Bradfields: Monks, Knights, Combustion, and the Memorial to a Pilgrimp. 76
The Walrus-ivory Cross in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: the Masterpiece of Master Hugo at Bury?p. 81
Chronicles of Bury Abbey: The Chronicle of Jocelin of Brakelondp. 99
Chronicles of Bury Abbey: The Chronicle of the Election of Hughp. 110
East Suffolk: Clifftops, Estuaries and Claylands
Southwood: St. Edmund's Offshore Islandp. 125
Dunwich, and its Defencesp. 129
The Planting of 'The Garden of Suffolk': Yoxford's Originsp. 140
Wingfield, Fressingfield, the Hundred Years War and the Funding of Medieval Church-buildingp. 156
Tales Before the Reformation
The Re-telling of Two Strange Tales from the Chronicler Ralph of Coggeshall, and of a Moral Tale from the Hundred Mery Talysp. 165
Indexp. 169
Corrigenda and addendap. 177
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781843830689
ISBN-10: 184383068X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 2nd August 2010
Publisher: BOLTON PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Type: New edition

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