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The Easter Festival in Early England

A probably seventh-century gold and garnet pectoral cross from the Staffordshire Hoard (Potteries’ Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent)

with Dr Sam Newton

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, April 16th 2011

Rediscover the magic of Easter with an exploration of the significance of this ancient festival in early England.

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 the Council of Whitby and some of the ways in which Eastertide came to be celebrated in England, with special attention to the Cult of the Cross, using examples from medieval art and literature.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Old English Calendar  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Old English Eastertide  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Synod of Whitby  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Cult of the Cross  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at UEA in 1991 and is the author of The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (1993) and The Reckoning of King Rædwald, (2003). He has lectured widely around the country and has contributed to many radio and television programmes, including Michael Wood on Beowulf and Digging for Britain with Dr Alice Roberts. Sam is also 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)
Alexander, M., The Earliest English Poems (Penguin 1966)
Alexander, M., Old English Literature (Macmillan 1983)
Backhouse, J., and others (ed.), The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art (British Museum, 1984)
Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
Farmer, D.H., The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford 1978)
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)
Sherley-Price, L., Bede: A History of the English Church and People (Penguin Classics 1955, 1968)
Turville-Petre, G., Myth and Religion of the North: The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia (London 1964)
Webster, L., and J.Backhouse, The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (British Museum 1991)

Bookings

Please phone or email to check the availability of places.  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.

Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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