The Church In Anglo-saxon Society

Paperback | November 19, 2006

byJohn Blair

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From the impact of the first monasteries in the seventh century, to the emergence of the local parochial system five hundred years later, the Church was a force for change in Anglo-Saxon society. It shaped culture and ideas, social and economic behaviour, and the organization of landscape andsettlement. This book traces how the widespread foundation of monastic sites ('minsters') during c.670-730 gave the recently pagan English new ways of living, of exploiting their resources, and of absorbing European culture, as well as opening new spiritual and intellectual horizons. Through the eraof Viking wars, and the tenth-century reconstruction of political and economic life, the minsters gradually lost their wealth, their independence, and their role as sites of high culture, but grew in stature as foci of local society and eventually towns. After 950, with the increasing prominence ofmanors, manor-houses, and village communities, a new and much larger category of small churches were founded, endowed, and rebuilt: the parish churches of the emergent eleventh- and twelfth-century local parochial system. In this innovative study, John Blair brings together written, topographical,and archaeological evidence to build a multi-dimensional picture of what local churches and local communities meant to each other in early England.

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From the impact of the first monasteries in the seventh century, to the emergence of the local parochial system five hundred years later, the Church was a force for change in Anglo-Saxon society. It shaped culture and ideas, social and economic behaviour, and the organization of landscape andsettlement. This book traces how the widespr...

John Blair is Fellow and Praelector in History at The Queen's College, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:November 19, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The English and their Christian Neighbours, c.550-6502. Minsters in Church and State, c.650-8503. Church and People, c.650-8504. The Church in the Landscape, c.650-8505. Monastic Towns? Minsters as Central Places, .650-8506. Minsters in a Changing World, c.850-11007. The Birth and Growth of Local Churches, c.850-11008. From Hyrness to Local Parish: The Formation of Parochial Identities, c.850-1100EpilogueAppendix: Three Minor Minsters in the Eleventh CenturyBibliographyIndex

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`Readers of this marvellous book will be transformed.'BBC History