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The Ruler Portraits of Anglo-Saxon England : Anglo-Saxon Studies - Catherine E. Karkov

The Ruler Portraits of Anglo-Saxon England

Anglo-Saxon Studies

Hardcover Published: 15th August 2004
ISBN: 9781843830597
Number Of Pages: 240

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Between the reign of Alfred in the late ninth century and the arrival of the Normans in 1066, a unique set of images of kingship and queenship was developed in Anglo-Saxon England, images of leadership that centred on books, authorship and learning rather than thrones, sword and sceptres. Focusing on the cultural and historical contexts in which these images were produced, this book explores the reasons for their development, and their meaning and function within both England and early medieval Europe. It explains how and why they differ from their Byzantine and Continental counterparts, and what they reveal about Anglo-Saxon attitudes towards history and gender, as well as the qualities that were thought to constitute a good ruler. It is argued that this series of portraits, never before studied as a corpus, creates a visual genealogy equivalent to the textual genealogies and regnal lists that are so much a feature of late Anglo-Saxon culture. As such they are an important part of the way in which the kings and queens of early medieval England created both their history and their kingdom. CATHERINE E. KARKOV is Professor of Art, Affiliate in History and Women's Studies Departments, Miami University.

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An extremely rich and rounded piece of research which refuses to take any of its source material lightly. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW Displays enormous scholarship and range. TOEBI Newsletter

Alfredp. 23
Aethelstanp. 53
Edgar and the royal women of the monastic reformp. 84
Aelfgifu/Emma and Cnutp. 119
Edward, the godwines and the end of Anglo-Saxon Englandp. 157
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ISBN: 9781843830597
ISBN-10: 1843830590
Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 15th August 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68