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The 'living' sword in early medieval northern Europe : an interdisciplinary study

  title={The 'living' sword in early medieval northern Europe : an interdisciplinary study},
  author={Se Brunning},
This thesis explores perceptions of two-edged swords as ‘living’ artefacts in Anglo-Saxon England and Scandinavia between c. 500 and 1100. Taking inspiration from recent anthropological and archaeological research into ‘artefact biography’, it considers two interlinked avenues of ‘life’: (1) the notion that swords could acquire life-histories, personalities and other person-like qualities; and (2) the nature of their relationship with warriors (as opposed to other members of society). The… 
A Double-edged Sword: Swords, Bodies, and Personhood in Early Medieval Archaeology and Literature
In Anglo-Saxon and Viking literature swords form part of a hero's identity. In addition to being weapons, they represent a material agent for the individual's actions, a physical expression of
Encounters with Iron: An Archaeometallurgical Reassessment of Early Anglo-Saxon Spearheads and Knives
Studies of early medieval weapon burials make surprisingly little mention of the material properties of the deposited weapons. How did these artefacts’ metallurgical properties, and people’s
Networks of Meaning and the Social Dynamics of Identity. An Example from Early Anglo-Saxon England
In the early Anglo-Saxon period, dressing and displaying the body in life and death played an important role in shaping and reinforcing identities and ruling social norms. Studies of the past decades
The Waning Sword
In Part II, Pe� t inves� gates the broader Germanic background to this image, especially in rela� on to the god Ing/Yngvi-Freyr, and explores the capacity of myths to recur and endure across � me.
Don’t all mothers love their children? Deposited infants as animate objects in the Scandinavian Iron Age
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From the Baltic to the Black Sea : Studies in Medieval Archaeology
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The Ruler Portraits of Anglo-Saxon England
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
The Anglo-Saxons from the Migration period to the eighth century : an ethnographic perspective
Ethnic names and identities in the British Isles - a comparative perspective, Walter Pohl before and after the migration to Britain, Ian Wood the Anglo-Saxons in England in the 7th and 8th centuries
A group of Viking Age sword chapes reflecting the political geography of the time
This is a study of martial material culture in the context of the Viking Age warrior of Birka, Sweden. The aim is to establish the role, function and affiliation of the Birka warrior and thereby
Elves in Anglo-Saxon England: Matters of Belief, Health, Gender and Identity
Helps illuminate Anglo-Saxon social attitudes towards the supernatural, health and gender, and shows how texts can be as important in the shaping of social realities as they are in recording them.
The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Archaeology and Literature
This book is an invaluable exploration of the significance of the sword as symbol and weapon in the Anglo-Saxon world, using archaeological and literary evidence. The first part of the book, a
Intersections: the archaeology and history of Christianity in England, 400–1200. Papers in Honour of Martin Biddle and Birthe Kjølbye-Biddle. Edited by Martin Henig and Nigel Ramsay. 310mm. Pp xxvi+266, many b&w figs. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2010. ISBN 9781905739301. £30 (hbk).
twenty years through the use of deposit modelling and technologies such as GIS, but also through interdisciplinary research and the inclusion of antiquarian research and standing buildings recording.
An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms
An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms is a volume which offers an unparalleled view of the archaeological remains of the period. Using the development of the kingdoms as a framework, this
The Idea Of The Castle In Medieval England
Medieval castles have traditionally been explained as feats of military engineering and tools of feudal control, but Abigail Wheatley takes a different approach, looking at a range of sources usually
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The Old Norse and Icelandic poets have left us vivid accounts of conflict and peace-making in the Viking Age. Russell G. Poole's editorial and critical analysis reveals much about the texts