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'In an Angle of the World': Anglo-Saxon England and the Mediterranean World

An Anglo-Saxon Sceat (monitascorvm type), from the de Wit Collection (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)

with Dr Anna Gannon

at The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 29th September, 2012

Gregory the Great described the newly-converted Anglo-Saxons as ‘the people of the Angli located in an angle of the World’. Anglo-Saxon England was geographically a relatively remote place, and one that classical imagination put at the limits of the known world. Yet archaeology and history of art tell a different story, one of interaction, commerce and active exchange of ideas. The study-day will explore the breadth and importance of these relations.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Anglo-Saxon Art – the old tradition.  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 To be a pilgrim (…in an age before Ryanair).  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Travel does broaden the mind!  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Anglo-Saxon Art – responses.  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Anna Gannon

Anna Gannon graduated in History of Art at the University of Cambridge in 1996 and received her doctorate there for work on the iconography of Anglo-Saxon coinage. Her interest in the Anglo-Saxons goes back to her ‘previous life’ in Italy, when she was a researcher in German philology at her first university. She has worked in the coin departments at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the British Museum. For several years she is has been lecturing on Anglo-Saxon art and coinage at the History of Art Department of the University of Cambridge, and she is also Honorary Research Associate at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. In addition to her monograph published in 2003 (and now in paperback!), she has published widely on coin iconography. Her Catalogue of early Anglo-Saxon coins in the British Museum is about to be published.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Blair, J., The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society (Oxford 2005).
Brown, M. P.,  The Lindisfarne Gospels (London 2003).
Campbell, J. (ed.), The Anglo-Saxons (London 1982).
Gannon, A., The Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage. Sixth to Eighth Centuries (Oxford, 2003; paperback edition 2010).
Henderson, G., From Durrow to Kells (London 1987).
Henderson, G., Vision and Image in Early Christian England (Cambridge 1999).
McKitterick, R., Books, Scribes and Learning in the Frankish Kingdoms, 6th-9th Centuries (Aldershot 1994).
Ó Carragáin, É., Ritual and the Rood (London & Toronto 2005).
Scarfe Beckett, K., Anglo-Saxon Perceptions of the Islamic World (Cambridge 2003).
Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. (eds.) The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (London 1991).         
Webster, L., Anglo-Saxon Art (London, 2011).  
Wickham, C., Framing the Early Middle Ages. Europe and the Mediterranean 400-800 (Oxford 2005).Wickham, C., The inheritance of Rome: a history of Europe from 400 to 1000 (London 2009).


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