The Anglo Saxons, Synthesis And Achievement
The popular notion that sees the Anglo-Saxon era as "The DarkAges" perhaps has tended to obscure for many people the creationsand strengths of that time. This collection, in examining manyaspects of pre-Norman Britain, helps to illuminate how Anglo-Saxonsociety contributed to the continuity of knowledge between theancient world and the modern world. But as well, it posits a viewof that society in its own distinctive terms to show how itdeveloped as a synthesis of radically different cultures.The Bayeux Tapestry is examined for its underlying politicalmotivations; the study of Old English literature is extended tosuch works as laws, charters, apocryphal literature, saints' livesand mythologies, and many of these are studied for the insight theyprovide into the social structures of the Anglo-Saxons. Otheressays examine both the institution of slavery and the use ofGermanic warrior terminology in Old Saxon as a contribution towardsthe descriptive analysis of that society's social groupings. Thebook also presents a perspective on the Christian church that isusually overlooked by historians: that its existence was continuousand influential from Roman times, and that it was greatly affectedby the Celtic Christian church long after the latter was thought tohave disintegrated.