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

Della Hooke
Format
Book
Published
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : The Boydell Press, 2013.
Language
English
Series
Anglo-Saxon Studies
ISBN
9781843838296, 184383829X
Summary
"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."--Publisher's description.
Contents
  • Trees and groves in pre-Christian belief
  • Christianity and the sacred tree
  • Trees in literature
  • Trees, mythology and national consciousness: into the future
  • The nature and distribution of Anglo-Saxon woodland
  • The use of Anglo-Saxon woodland: place-names and charter evidence
  • Trees in the landscape
  • Trees of wood-pasture and 'Ancient Countryside'
  • Trees of wet places in early medieval records: alder and willow
  • Trees of open/planned countryside
  • Other trees noted in charters and early place-names
  • Trees not readily apparent in the early medieval written record.
Description
vii, 310 pages : illustrationsustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Notes
  • Reprint. First published in 2010 by The Boydell Press.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Statement
Anglo-Saxon studies ; 13
Anglo-Saxon studies 13
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