This is the first comprehensive study of the connections between the English and Continental churches during the tenth and eleventh centuries. Veronica Ortenberg draws on the whole range of narrative, liturgical, art-historical, and documentary sources to establish the strong and continuing links between England and the countries of Christian Europe in culture, spirituality, and art. Her analysis of the various areas of contact - France, Flanders, the German lands,
Italy, Byzantium, and the Holy Land - highlights the central place of the English church in early medieval christendom. Dr Ortenberg's work places the later Anglo-Saxon church exactly where it saw itself belonging: in the mainstream of European culture. Handsomely illustrated
with thirty-one carefully chosen plates, this is a work of wide-ranging scholarship, which deepens our understanding of medieval culture and religion.
`The scope of this study is vast ... the author herself emphasizes that the book is a preliminary exploration. She is to be congratulated for tackling material which is too often left to specialists in liturgy and art history.'
Early Medieval Europe 1993 2
`a labor of careful scholarship. It will be a standard reference for scholars and advanced students well into the next century and will strongly complement earlier works. ... Clarendon Press is to be applauded for publishing on this specialized subject, considering that its price and audience seem to be, respectively, high and low.'
The Historian, Autumn 1993 Vol 56
`an impressive achievement ... In many respects it is quite wonderful.'
Albion, Summer 1993 Vol 25 No 2
`Her method involves a detailed examination of all the sources of evidence available ... this book is an important contribution to scholarship and a useful resource.'
Times Higher Education Supplement
`the catalogue of the largely unpublished manuscripts that she has examined in widespread archives is most impressive; and there is a lot of interesting information packaged here that is not readily available to the student ... that this attractive book can arouse considerable interest in the import of its findings is not the least of its many virtues'
Frank Barlow, EHR, July 1993
`A comprehensive study of cultural, spiritual and artistic exchanges that show the English Church to be in the mainstream of European culture.'
The Medieval World