1st Edition

Britain and its Neighbours Cultural Contacts and Exchanges in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Edited By Dirk H. Steinforth, Charles C. Rozier Copyright 2021
    260 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Britain and its Neighbours explores instances and periods of cultural contact and exchanges between communities in Britain with those in other parts of Europe between c.500 and 1700.

    Collectively, the twelve case studies highlight certain aspects of cultural contact and exchange and present neglected factors, previously overlooked evidence, and new methodological approaches. The discussions draw from a broad range of disciplines including archaeology, history, art history, iconography, literature, linguistics, and legal history in order to shine new light on a multi-faceted variety of expressions of the equally diverse and long-standing relations between Britain and its neighbours. Organised chronologically, the volume accentuates the consistency and continuity of social, cultural, and intellectual connections between Britain and Continental Europe in a period that spans over a millennium.

    With its range of specialised topics, Britain and its Neighbours is a useful resource for undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars interested in cultural and intellectual studies and the history of Britain’s long-standing connections to Europe.

    Britain and its Neighbours: Contacts, Exchanges, Influences. An Introduction

    Dirk H. Steinforth, Bryony Coombs, and Charles C. Rozier

    1. Wayland the Smith and the Massacre of the Innocents. Pagan-Christian ‘Amalgamation’ on the Anglo-Saxon Franks Casket

    Sigmund Oehrl

    2. The Permeating Presence of Practices: Northwest English & Manx Ecclesiastical Sites with Viking-Age Furnished Burials & Sculpture

    Danica Ramsey-Brimberg

    3. Between Continental Models, a Christian Message, and a Scandinavian Audience: Early Examples of the Image of ‘Christ trampling the Beasts’ in the British Isles

    Dirk H. Steinforth

    4. Silver Threads – How Scandinavian Scotland Connected with a Wider Economic World

    Tom J. Horne

    5. The Problem of Manx: Norse Linguistic Evidence for the Eurvival of Manx Gaelic in the Scandinavian Period

    Rod McDonald

    6. Legal Custom & Lex Castrensis?: Using Law and Literature to Navigate the North-Sea Neighbourhood in the Late Viking Age

    Keith Ruiter

    7. Ring-fencing the gardinum? European Romance to British Reality of the Thirteenth-Century Caernarfon Castle Garden and Park

    Rachel E. Swallow

    8. Albany and the Poets: John Stuart, Duke of Albany, and the Transfer of Ideas Between Scotland and the Continent, 1509–1536

    Bryony Coombs

    9. Anglo-Swiss Relations in the Seventeenth Century: Religion, Refuge, and Relief

    Vivienne Larminie

    10. Fashioning an Expanding English World: Commerce, Curiosities, and Coastal Profiles from Edward Barlow’s 1668 Voyage to Italian Port Cities

    Alistair Maeer

    11. ‘England is not a kingdom located on the Moon’: Use and Usefulness of English Knowledge in Early Modern Swedish Agricultural Literature

    Linnea Bring Larsson

    12. An Honoured Guest: the 1764 Journeys across Piedmont of Prince Edward, Duke of York and Albany

    Matteo Moro


    Dirk H. Steinforth is an archaeologist and translator in Göttingen, Germany. Working as an independent researcher, he studied every aspect of the Viking Age in the Irish Sea, particularly the Isle of Man, and published two books and various articles on the subject.

    Charles C. Rozier is Lecturer in Medieval European History at Durham University, United Kingdom. He specialises in the intellectual culture of European monasticism, c.800–1200, publishing widely on the writing of history and uses of the past in medieval Europe.