Trees in Anglo-Saxon England - Literature, Lore and Landscape - pr_276881

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

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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.

Product code: 9781843838296

ISBN 9781843838296
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H249xW175xS18
No. Of Pages 206
Publisher Boydell & Brewer Ltd
A powerful exploration of trees in both the real and the imagined Anglo-Saxon landscape.