Britain and Early Christian Europe: Studies in Early Medieval History and Culture, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Britain and Early Christian Europe

Studies in Early Medieval History and Culture, 1st Edition

By Patrick Sims-Williams


350 pages

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pub: 1995-11-02
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This volume, which contains about a third of Professor Sims-Williams’ articles from 1975 to 1994 includes those of most interest to early medieval historians. The first two articles are his Oxford O'Donnell lectures on the Coming of the Saxons, and the third discusses medieval Welsh reactions to this turning-point in the history of Britain. Three articles then discuss the earliest Anglo-Saxon and Welsh charters, in particular as evidence for external influences, a theme which is then developed in the rest of the book, which covers such matters as the import and export of patristic manuscripts, the collection and imitation of Christian Latin poetry, the influence of Irish culture, and the Insular and continental contributions to the development of the early medieval private prayer-book, a genre which affords vital information on cultural contacts between Britain, Ireland and continental Europe in the Early Middle Ages.


'These are important essays, and it is a boon to have them made readily accessible.' Catholic Historical Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Gildas and the Anglo-Saxons; The settlement of England in Bede and the Chronicle; Some functions of origin stories in early medieval Wales; Continental influence at Bath monastery in the 7th century; St Wilfrid and two charters dated AD 676 and 680; The Llandaf Charters: Review Article; Cuthswith, 7th-century abbess of Inkberrow, near Worcester, and the Würzburg manuscript of Jerome on Ecclesiastes; An unpublished 7th or 8th-century Anglo-Latin Letter in Boulogne-sur-Mer MS 74 (82); Milred of Worcester's collection of Latin epigrams and its continental counterparts; William of Malmesbury and La silloge epigrafica di Cambridge ; Byrhtferth's ogam signature; Oratio sancti Isidori pro omnibus Christianis; Thought, word and deed: an Irish triad; Thoughts on Ephrem the Syrian in Anglo-Saxon England; Addenda; Index.

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Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

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HISTORY / General