Easter in Early England
with Dr Sam Newton
at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
We begin with a look at the Old English calendar, which reveals how the pre-Christian year was structured. We shall then consider how this calendar was transformed into the Christian year – how, for example, did the month of the Old English goddess Éostre become the great Easter festival? We shall also consider some of the ways in which Eastertide came to be celebrated in England, using examples from medieval art and literature.
|10.00||Coffee on arrival|
|10.15||The Old English Calendar|
|11.30||The Old English Eastertide|
|14:00||The Cult of the Cross|
|15:15||The Dream of the Rood|
Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D in 1991 and published his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, in 1993. Since then he has worked as an independent scholar in Early Medieval Studies. His latest book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003. He is also now a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.
Alexander, M., The Earliest English Poems (Penguin 1966)
Alexander, M., Old English Literature (Macmillan 1983)
Anderson, E.R., “The Seasons of the Year in Old English”, Anglo-Saxon England 26 (1997), pp.321-263.
Hutton, R., The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain (Oxford 1996).
Mayr-Harting. H., The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England (London 1972)
Mitchell, B., An Invitation to Old English and Anglo-Saxon England (Blackwell 1994).
Mitchell, B., & F.Robinson, A Guide to Old English (Blackwell 1986-2001)
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