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Wuffing Education

Manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Age

The Lindisfarne Gospels – design detail from the opening of St Mark (British Library, Cotton Nero D.IV folio 94v)

with Professor Michelle Brown

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 6th March 2010

This study-day will examine the alchemy of change brought about by the coming of Christian literacy to Anglo-Saxon England through some of the remarkable books and documents that have survived. These include the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Benedictional of St Ethelwold, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and Beowulf. Their relationship to other media, such as the Sutton Hoo metalwork and the Ruthwell Cross, will be explored and some volumes will be excavated through the 'archaeology of the book' and interpreted in their historical and social contexts.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Books in Britain, from Augustine to Alfred  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 How manuscripts were made and used  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Books in England, from Alfred to the Conquest  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Poems and Prayers, readings from manuscripts  
  16:15 Close  

About Professor Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown is Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies and course tutor to the History of the Book MA, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London; she is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, an Outreach Officer for the British Library, as well as a freelance author, lecturer, and media consultant.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, J. J. G., Insular Manuscripts, 6th to the 9th Century (London 1978)
Brown, M. P., A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 (London 1990, 1994, 2nd ed. 1999)
Brown, M. P., Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (London 1991)
Brown, M. P., Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: a Glossary of Technical Terms (London 1994)
Brown, M. P., The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts (London 1998)
Brown, M. P. & P. Lovett, The British Library Historical Source-Book for Scribes (London 1999)
Brown, M. P., Painted Labyrinth: the world of the Lindisfarne Gospels (London 2003)
Brown, M. P., The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe (London 2003)
Brown, M. P., How Christianity Came to Britain and Ireland (Oxford 2006)
Brown, M. P., Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon Age (London 2006)
Dodwell, C. R., Anglo-Saxon Art: a New Perspective (Manchester 1982)
Hawkes, J. & S.Mills, (eds) Northumbria’s Golden Age (Stroud 1999)
Henderson, G., From Durrow to Kells, the Insular Gospel-books 650-800, (London 1987)
Kendrick, T. D., Anglo-Saxon Art to A.D. 900 (London 1938)
Ker, N., A Guide to Anglo-Saxon Sites (London 1982)
Levison, W., England and the Continent in the Eighth Century (Oxford 1946)
Mayr-Harting, H., The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford 1977)
Meehan, B., The Book of Kells (London 1994)
Meehan, B., The Book of Durrow (Dublin 1996)
Nordenfalk, C., Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Painting (London 1977)
Prescott, A., The Benedictional of St Ethelwold (London 1999)
Temple, E., Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts, 900-1066 (London1976)
Turner, D. H., L. Webster & J. M. Backhouse (eds), The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art, 966-1066 (London 1984)
Webster, L., & J. M. Backhouse (eds), The Making of England, Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (London 1991)
Youngs, S. (ed.), ‘The Work of Angels’, Masterpieces of Celtic Metalwork, 6th-9th Centuries AD (London 1989)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places.  This Study Days are £38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition.  Once you have reserved your place please send a cheque to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

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