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作者 Bintley, Michael D. J., author
書名 Trees in the religions of early medieval England / Michael D. J. Bintley
出版項 Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2015
國際標準書號 184383989X
9781843839897
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 傅斯年圖書館西文圖書區  BL604.T69 B614 2015    在架上    30530001291632
說明 x, 194 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
系列 Anglo-Saxon studies, 1475-2468 ; 26
Anglo-Saxon studies ; 26
附註 Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-187) and index
Trees were of fundamental importance in Anglo-Saxon material culture, but they were also a powerful presence in Anglo-Saxon religion before and after the introduction of Christianity. This book shows that they remained prominent in early English Christianity, and indeed that they may have played a crucial role in mediating the transition between ancient beliefs and the new faith. It argues that certain characteristics of sacred trees in England can be determined from insular contexts alone, independent of comparative evidence from culturally related peoples. This nevertheless suggests the existence of traditions comparable to those found in Scandinavia and Germany. Tree symbolism helped early English Christians to understand how the beliefs of their ancestors about trees, posts, and pillars paralleled the appearance of similar objects in the Old Testament. In this way, the religious symbols of their forebears were aligned with precursors to the cross in Scripture. Literary evidence from England and Scandinavia similarly indicates a shared tradition of associations between the bodies of humans, trees, and other plant-life. Though potentially ancient, these ideas flourished amongst the abundance of vegetative symbolism found in the Christian tradition
Holy trees and inculturation in the conversion period -- Anglo-Saxon holy trees and their Northern European counterparts -- Rewriting the Holy Rood in Anglo-Saxon spiritual history -- The human forest: People and trees in Early Medieval England and Scandinavia
主題 Trees -- England -- History -- To 1500
Trees -- England -- Religious aspects
Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066
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