The Material Culture of the Built Environment in the Anglo-Saxon World

BookThe Material Culture of the Built Environment in the Anglo-Saxon World

The Material Culture of the Built Environment in the Anglo-Saxon World

Exeter Studies in Medieval Europe


November 26th, 2015

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The Material Culture of the Built Environment in the Anglo-Saxon World, second volume of Daily Living in the Anglo-Saxon World, continues to introduce students of Anglo-Saxon culture to aspects of the realities of the built environment that surrounded Anglo-Saxon peoples through reference to archaeological and textual sources. It considers what structures intruded on the natural landscape the Anglo-Saxons inhabited – roads and tracks, ancient barrows and Roman buildings, the villages and towns, churches, beacons, boundary ditches and walls, grave-markers and standing sculptures – and explores the interrelationships between them and their part in Anglo-Saxon life.


'Wide-ranging and definitive.'
Paul Cavill, Medieval Settlement Research Group

‘This achieves its aim in opening up new areas of research in aspects of early medieval English life that are often neglected.’
Richard Holt, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

Author Information

Maren Clegg Hyer is Professor of English at Valdosta State University (Georgia). Her recent publications include Water and the Environment in the Anglo-Saxon World (ed with Della Hooke, Liverpool, 2017) and Old English Lexicology and Lexicography (ed with Haruko Momma and Samantha Zacher, Boydell, 2020). Gale R. Owen-Crocker is Professor Emerita of The University of Manchester; she was formerly Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture and Director of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies. She was co-founder and for 15 years co-editor of the journal Medieval Clothing and Textiles. Her recent books include Clothing the Past: Surviving Garments from Early Medieval to Early Modern Western Europe (with Elizabeth Coatsworth, Brill, 2018) and Making Sense of the Bayeux Tapestry: Readings and Reworkings (with Anna Henderson, Manchester, 2016).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
1 Enta geweorc: The Ruin and its Contexts Reconsidered33
2 Roads and Tracks in Anglo-Saxon England57
3 Domestic Dwellings, Workshops and Working Buildings70
4 Place and Power: Meetings between Kings in Early Anglo-Saxon England96
5 The Cuckoo and the Magpie: The Building Culture of the Anglo-Saxon Church112
6 Landmarks of Faith: Crosses and other Free-standing Stones137
7 Landmarks of the Dead: Exploring Anglo-Saxon Mortuary Geographies157
8 Boundaries and Walls182
9 The Landscape of Late Saxon Burhs and the Politics of Urban Foundation201
10 Signalling Intent: Beacons, Lookouts and Military Communications236
Suggested Reading301