Liturgy, Architecture, and Sacred Places in Anglo-Saxon England

Paperback | April 12, 2015

byHelen Gittos

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Church rituals were a familiar feature of life throughout much of the Anglo-Saxon period. In this innovative study, Helen Gittos examines ceremonies for the consecration of churches and cemeteries, and processional feasts like Candlemas, Palm Sunday, and Rogationtide. Drawing on little-knownsurviving liturgical sources as well as other written evidence, archaeology, and architecture, she considers the architectural context in which such rites were performed.The research in this book has implications for a wide range of topics, such as how liturgy was written and disseminated in the early Middle Ages, when Christian cemeteries first began to be consecrated, how the form of Anglo-Saxon monasteries changed over time and how they were used, the centralityand nature of processions in early medieval religious life, the evidence church buildings reveal about changes in how they functioned, beliefs about relics, and the attitudes of different archbishops to the liturgy. Liturgy, Architecture, and Sacred Places in Anglo-Saxon England will be ofparticular interest to architectural specialists wanting to know more about liturgy, and church historians keen to learn more about architecture, as well as those with a more general interest in the early Middle Ages and in church buildings.

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Church rituals were a familiar feature of life throughout much of the Anglo-Saxon period. In this innovative study, Helen Gittos examines ceremonies for the consecration of churches and cemeteries, and processional feasts like Candlemas, Palm Sunday, and Rogationtide. Drawing on little-knownsurviving liturgical sources as well as other...

Helen Gittos is an historian who specializes in the social and cultural history of the early Middle Ages. She studied English Literature at Newcastle University before starting her postgraduate research in Anglo-Saxon history at Oxford University. Having held temporary teaching jobs at the universities of Cardiff, Southampton, Leeds, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:370 pagesPublished:April 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Creating sacred places in the landscape3. Anglo-Saxon church groups4. Going between God's houses: open-air processions in Anglo-Saxon5. Anglo-Saxon churches: form and function6. Rites for dedicating churches in Anglo-Saxon England7. Machines for thinking: a case studyConclusionAppendixReferencesIndex

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"a very solid piece of scholarship, likely to be of lasting value. Anyone with an interest in sacred places in Anglo-Saxon England will find something useful in this book; indeed, it will doubtless be a key jumping-off point for new research on the subject for many years to come." --T.B. Lambert, The English Historical Review 03/09/2014