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Sutton Hoo and the Golden Age of East Anglia

A masterpiece from a masterworkshop - one of the pair of shoulder clasps from Sutton Hoo, made of gold and silver, and set with over 500 gems of  garnet and blue glasss (replica by David Roper)

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 7th February 2009

For the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship-burial, we shall address some of the many questions it raises and assess its implications for our understanding of the dawn of English history.

We begin with a look at this most magnificent ship-burial and consider its cultural significance. We shall consider the artistic and technical wonders found aboard the royal vessel before embarking on a course charting what we can of the golden chapter of Old English history it helps to illuminate.

Of particular interest are the superb cloisonné mounts of gold, garnet, and blue glass, which reveal such a brilliant synthesis of styles. These masterworks appear to have been made in the East Anglian royal workshop for the king who lay in state in this treasure-laden ship, thought most likely to have been Rædwald (died c.625).

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Ship of Dreams: the Royal Yacht of the Wuffings  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Crown Jewels of a Warrior King  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 King Rædwald’s Feast  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 King Rædwald the High King  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at the University of East Anglia in 1991 and published his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, in 1993. He has lectured widely as a free-lance scholar and has also contributed to many television and radio programmes. His latest book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003. He is currently a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
Carver, M.O.H., A.Evans, & M.Hummler, Sutton Hoo: a seventh-century princely burial ground and its context, Report of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London, 69 (British Museum, London 2005)
Coatsworth, E., & M. Pinder, The Art of the Anglo-Saxon Goldsmith – Fine Metalwork in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Practice and Practitioners (Boydell 2002)
Evans, A.C., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986)
Green, C., Sutton Hoo: The Excavation of a Royal Ship-Burial (Merlin 1963, 1968, 1988)
Heaney, S. (tr.), Beowulf (Faber & Faber 1999)
Kirby, D.P., The Earliest English Kings (London 1991; rev.ed. 2000)
Lee, S. D., & E. Solopova, The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
McClure, J. & R.Collins, (eds.), Bede: the Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Oxford 1999).
Myres, J., The English Settlements (Oxford 1986)
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald (Redbird Press 2003)
Plunkett, S.J., Suffolk in Anglo-Saxon Times (Tempus 2005)
Speake, G., Anglo-Saxon Animal Art (Oxford 1980)
Webster, L., and J.Backhouse, The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (British Museum 1991)


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