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British Artefacts Volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking by Brett Hammond

Brett Hammond   British Artefacts Volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking
Be first, pre-order your signed copy now (available July 2010): First Edition, signed by the author Brett Hammond. A4, 148 pages, soft covers. British Artefacts is an ideal reference work for detectorists, archaeologists, museum staff, collectors and anyone with a serious interest in the Middle Anglo-Saxon & Viking years. The book contains 20 maps showing the distribution throughout Britain of various classes of objects and kingdoms and has over 270 beautiful illustrations. [UK orders: use the drop down menu at check out to select the £3.00 postage]

This second volume covers the Middle Saxon material, including the impact that the Vikings had on Anglo-Saxon life during the period of the Great Army, the resistance of King Alfred, the Danelaw and its reconquest by Edward the Elder, the Kingdom of York and the formation of England under King Athelstan. This is of course a rich period with influences coming into the country from Ireland, Carolingian France and Scandinavia. In this period Anglo-Saxon chiefdoms became kingdoms, fought each other, fought the Vikings and eventually became a single state under the West Saxon dynasty. The book contains an outline of the history of the period and summaries of the kings-and-dates of the major kingdoms. Maps show the areas of the kingdoms, the Danelaw and some of the neighbouring states help to explain the changing politics of the period.

The major benefit of this book is the high-quality images of artefacts, some taken from two or more angles, which help the reader to visualise the details of the design and the fineness of the craftsmanship. In these pages, Brett Hammond has gathered some fine examples of Anglo-Saxon, Hiberno-Saxon, Hiberno-Norse and Viking workmanship. The book is laid out logically with preliminary discussions of the history, and of manufacturing and distribution as well advice for collectors and finders; there follows a brief outline of the scripts, Roman and runic, Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian. The art styles are discussed in some detail, then follow the metal artefacts by type, followed by the non-metallic material such as glass, amber, bone and horn. The burial traditions – inhumation and cremation, Viking and Anglo-Saxon – are handled succinctly in a few pages with typical grave plans. Scandinavian settlement is dealt with as well as the Middle Saxon and Viking kingdoms. Finally the summary data for the images are tabulated, followed by a glossary, bibliography and index.

The book covers the subject well in so few pages, offers a great breadth of material and manages to spring a few surprises – it includes a unique gold finger ring bearing the name Cynefrid, a gilded Irish mount and some spectacular swords.

The contents show the breadth of coverage of the title: Intro to the Series, Glossary, Introduction to the Early Anglo-Saxon Period, Advice for Collectors, Valuations, Runes, Advice for Finders, Outline of the Early Anglo-Saxon Period, Art styles, Artefacts production & distribution, Ceramic production and Metal Artefacts. The “Metal Artefacts” covered include: Brooches, Buckles & Belt Fittings, Clasps, Weapons & Fittings, Bowls & Vessels, Pendants, Belt Rings, Bracelets & Arm-rings, Chatelaines, Latch-lifters & Girdle-Hangers, Keys, Combs, Earrings, Finger rings, Harness & Bridle Mounts, Neck-rings, Padlocks, Pins, Purse Mounts & Fire-steels, Pyxides, Spoons, Spurs, Tags, Metallic Threads, Toilet Sets, Tools and Weaving Equipment. The Non-Metallic Artefacts include Amber, Antler, Bone, Ceramics, Gemstones, Glassware, Horn, Ivory and Stone.

£15.00

British Artefacts Volume 1 - Early Anglo-Saxon by Brett Hammond

Brett Hammond   British Artefacts Volume 1 - Early Anglo-Saxon
Available now for immediate dispatch: First Edition, signed by the author Brett Hammond, A4, 132+ pages. British Artefacts is an ideal reference work for detectorists, archaeologists, museum staff, collectors and anyone with a serious interest in the early Anglo-Saxon years. The book contains 23 maps showing the distribution throughout Britain of various classes of objects and has over 230 beautiful illustrations. [UK orders: use the drop down menu at check out to select the £3.00 postage]

The early Anglo-Saxon period is of immense importance to the later history of Britain. It saw the changeover from British-speaking provinces dominated by Roman power and culture to English-speaking kingdoms interacting within a European network of kings, nobles and chiefs. The two centuries from AD 400 onwards in lowland Britain were witness to huge changes in social structure, settlement pattern, political ideology, language and religion. In this important new book, Brett Hammond has drawn together images, distribution maps and descriptions of some important pieces of jewellery, wargear and feasting equipment from the period alongside representative examples of objects which were in daily use. The book covers a vast range of object types – from the rare and the exotic to the everyday – offering a thorough coverage of the fascinating material which survives from this period. In addition to the outline history, the book features detailed descriptions of many important new finds which shed light into the gloomier corners of the period: the links between the Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian worlds.

The contents show the breadth of coverage of the title: Intro to the Series, Glossary, Introduction to the Early Anglo-Saxon Period, Advice for Collectors, Valuations, Runes, Advice for Finders, Outline of the Early Anglo-Saxon Period, Art styles, Artefacts production & distribution, Ceramic production and Metal Artefacts. The “Metal Artefacts” covered include: Brooches, Buckles & Belt Fittings, Clasps, Weapons & Fittings, Bowls & Vessels, Pendants, Belt Rings, Bracelets & Arm-rings, Chatelaines, Latch-lifters & Girdle-Hangers, Keys, Combs, Earrings, Finger rings, Harness & Bridle Mounts, Neck-rings, Padlocks, Pins, Purse Mounts & Fire-steels, Pyxides, Spoons, Spurs, Tags, Metallic Threads, Toilet Sets, Tools and Weaving Equipment. The Non-Metallic Artefacts include Amber, Antler, Bone, Ceramics, Gemstones, Glassware, Horn, Ivory and Stone.

£15.00

Wayland's Work: Anglo-Saxon Art, Myth & Material Culture by Brett HammondWayland's Work: Anglo-Saxon Art, Myth & Material Culture

Stephen Pollington, Lindsay Kerr, Brett Hammond   Wayland's Work: Anglo-Saxon Art, Myth & Material Culture from the 4th to the 7th Century
First Edition signed by all three authors. This book is big in size and scope. Here you will find new analysis, images and information about early English art and the culture that inspired it. Wayland's Work contains 226 black & white drawings and 62 colour plates. Nearly all of these images were commissioned for this book - many show previously unpublished artifacts. Nothing on this scale has been achieved for nearly 100 years. This is the book about the origins and cultural significance of Anglo-Saxon art.

It has sometimes been suggested that in all the metalwork and archaeological oddments we have from the Anglo-Saxon period, there is nothing one could call ‘art’. The contributors to this book believe that not only was there considerable artistry in the output of early Anglo-Saxon workshops, but that it was vigorous, complex and technically challenging.

The designs found on Anglo-Saxon artefacts is never mere ornament: in a society which used visual and verbal signals to demonstrate power, authority, status and ethnicity, no visual statement was ever empty of meaning. The aim of this work is to prompt a better understanding of Anglo-Saxon art and the society which produced it.

All three contributors have collaborated on the book with Stephen Pollington responsible for the text, Lindsay Kerr for the black and white drawings, and Brett Hammond for (with the exception of the Staffordshire Hoard) artefact research and colour photography. Between them they have assembled in these pages much information and many previously unpublished illustrations which show a wide variety of artefacts, designs and motifs. It is hoped that this will help bring about a wider knowledge and appreciation of Anglo-Saxon art. 226 black & white illustrations - 62 colour plates, hardback ISBN 978 1898281566 544 pages. 30cm x 30cm.

£70.00

Anglo-Saxon FAQs

Pollington S   Anglo-Saxon FAQs
This book has been written as a series of simple questions and concise answers, in the form of an FAQ document. The inspiration for the book comes from the many occasions when the author was asked questions such as “Did they have fire?” or “Didn’t they all just wear skins?” or “Did they really have metal?” Perhaps the inability to distinguish between Anglo-Saxons and Palaeolithic cave-dwellers stems from the fact that the Anglo-Saxons are almost invisible in our modern educational time-line – the salient points are ‘Romans’, 'Vikings', ‘Normans’, ‘Tudors’ and ‘Victorians’ and everything else melds into a generic groups of fur-wearing, club-wielding savages. More serious - and much harder to answer in a few words - are questions such as “How do you know what Old English sounded like?” or “Couldn’t they have kept worshipping their heathen gods away from the church, so it would never have been recorded?” or “What makes you think they had sails on their ships?” These are intelligent questions about which many books and articles have been written, and the answers are perhaps still not accepted as definitive by all. In these pages you will find an attempt to answer some of those awkward questions you want to ask – or would rather someone else asked. 32 illustrations - 11 in colour 128 pages soft covers ISBN 978 1 898281 50 4

£9.95

Anglo-Saxon Burial Mounds

Pollington S   Anglo-Saxon Burial Mounds
Most people have heard of the ship burial at Sutton Hoo. Many are aware that there were other similar mounds nearby which once contained rich graves. Perhaps less well known is that the magnificent royal burial in Mound 1 at Sutton Hoo was only the most splendid so far discovered of a series of rich graves of the same period. This is the first book-length treatment of Anglo-Saxon Barrows in English. It brings together some of the evidence from Sutton Hoo and elsewhere in England for these magnificent burials and sets them in their historical, religious and social context. Part 1 describes the physical construction and symbolic meaning of these monuments. Part 2 provides a comprehensive listing of known Anglo-Saxon barrows with notes on their contents and the circumstances of their discovery. The appendices deal with literary and place-name evidence. 22 illustrations - 11 in colour 264 pages soft covers ISBN 978 189828151 1

£14.95

Saxon and Viking Artefacts

Mills N   Saxon and Viking Artefacts
Illustrated in full colour and with over 250 superb photographs of individual objects, it encompasses the full spectrum of everyday items in use in Anglo-Saxon England in chronological sequence. The selection of illustrations has been built up over a period of 15 years from various collections. The objects covered include: buckles, strap ends, pins, cruciform brooches, disc brooches, animal brooches, jewellery, beads, stirrup mounts, wrist clasps, dress hooks, keys, knives, tweezers, weights, gaming counters, and weapons. There is also a Norse mythology genealogical chart of the gods. Each item is individually valued in two states of preservation, Fine and Very Fine, and there are additional notes and advice for collectors.The book is an invaluable reference work for metal detectorists, collectors, dealers, museums, and archaeologists.Price guide for every item in two grades of condition.

£15.00

The English Warrior from earliest times till 1066

Pollington S   The English Warrior from earliest times till 1066
Anglo-Saxon warriors, weapons and warfare. This important work is not intended to be a bald listing of the battles and campaigns from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and other sources, but rather it is an attempt to get below the surface of Anglo-Saxon warriorhood and to investigate the rites, social attitudes, mentality and mythology of the warfare of those times. "An under-the-skin study of the role, rights, duties, psyche and rituals of the Anglo-Saxon warrior. The author combines original translations from Norse and Old English primary sources with archaeological and linguistic evidence for an in-depth look at the warrior, his weapons, tactics and logistics. A very refreshing, innovative and well-written piece of scholarship that illuminates a neglected period of English history." Time Team Booklists, Channel 4 Television Appendices offer original translations of the three principal Old English military poems, the battles of Maldon, Finnsburh and Brunanburh. 38 figures and illustrations. 272 pages 10" x 7" (255mm x 180mm) hardback ISBN 1-898281-10-6

£16.95

Mead Hall - The Feasting Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England

Pollington S   Mead Hall - The Feasting Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England
Communal meals were an important part of Anglo-Saxon society. They were enjoyed by nobles and yeomen, warriors, farmers, churchmen and laity. Some of the feasts were informal communal gatherings (gebeorscipe) while others were formal ritual gatherings (symbel). Using the evidence of Old English texts - including the epic Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, Stephen Pollington shows that the idea of feasting remained central to early English social traditions long after the physical reality had declined in importance. The words of the poets and saga-writers are supported by a wealth of archaeological data dealing with halls, settlement layouts and magnificent feasting gear found in many early Anglo-Saxon graves. Three appendices: • Hall-themes in Old English verse; • Old English and translated texts; • The structure and origins of the warband. 24 illustrations 288 pages 10" x 7" (248mm x 170mm) hardback ISBN 1-898281-30-0

£16.95

Rudiments of Runelore

Pollington S   Rudiments of Runelore
The purpose of this book is to provide both a comprehensive introduction for those coming to the subject for the first time, and a handy and inexpensive reference work for those with some knowledge of the subject.
The Abecedarium Nordmannicum and the English, Norwegian and Icelandic rune poems are included as are two rune riddles, extracts from the Cynewulf poems and new work on the three Brandon runic inscriptions and the Norfolk Tiw runes. Headings include: The Origin of the Runes; Runes among the Germans; The Germanic Rune Row and the Common Germanic Language; The English Runic Tradition; The Scandinavian Runic Tradition; Runes and Pseudo-runes; The Use of Runes; Bind Runes and Runic Cryptography. Includes rune tables and illustrations. 96 pages A5 soft covers ISBN 1-898281-16-5

£4.95

Wordcraft - Concise English to Old English

Pollington S   Wordcraft - Concise English to Old English - Dictionary and Thesaurus
Wordcraft provides Old English equivalents to the commoner modern words in both a dictionary and thesaurus. Previously the lack of an accessible guide to vocabulary deterred many would-be students of Old English. Wordcraft combines the core words relating to everyday life with a selection of terms connected with society, culture, technology, religion, perception, emotion and expression to encompass all aspects of Anglo-Saxon experience. The Thesaurus presents vocabulary relevant to a wide range of individual topics in alphabetical lists, thus making it easy to find specific areas of interest. Each thematic listing is cross-reference from the Dictionary. The two sections will be of invaluable assistance to students of the language, as well as those with either a general or a specific interest in the Anglo-Saxon period. 240 pages A5 soft covers ISBN 1-898281-02-5 Cover design may vary from illustration.

£9.95

An Introduction to the Old English Language and its Literature

Pollington S   An Introduction to the Old English Language and its Literature
The purpose of this general introduction to Old English is not to deal with the teaching of Old English but to dispel some misconceptions about the language and to give an outline of its structure and its literature. Some basic knowledge about the origins of the English language and its early literature is essential to an understanding of the early period of English history and the present form of the language. This revised and expanded edition provides a useful guide for those contemplating embarking on a linguistic journey. 64 pages A5 soft covers ISBN 1-898281-06-8

£4.95

First Steps in Old English

Pollington S   First Steps in Old English
If you want to teach yourself Old English (Anglo-Saxon) this is the book. A complete, well presented and easy to use Old English language course which contains all the exercises and texts needed to learn Old English. This course has been designed to be of help to a wide range of students, from those who are teaching themselves at home, to undergraduates who are learning Old English as part of their English degree course. The author is aware that some individuals have little aptitude for learning languages and that many have difficulty with grammar. To help overcome these problems he has adopted a step by step approach that enables students of differing abilities to advance at their own pace. The course includes practice exercises. This revised and expanded edition was published October 2006 256 pages 10 x 6½ inches (245 x 170mm) soft covers ISBN 1-898281-38-6 Some of the texts used in this book are read by the author on the two CDs Old English Poems, Prose and Lessons.

£16.95

Leechcraft - Early English Charms, Plantlore and Healing

Pollington S   Leechcraft - Early English Charms, Plantlore and Healing
An unequaled examination of every aspect of early English healing, including the use of plants, amulets, charms, and prayer. Other topics include: Anglo-Saxon witchcraft, shaminism, tree-lore, omens, dreams, runes, gods, elves, dwarfs, and theories of magic. The author has brought together a wide range of evidence for the English healing tradition, and presented it in a clear and readable manner. The three key Old English texts are reproduced in full, accompanied by new translations: - Bald's Third Leechbook - Old English Herbarium Apulei - Lacnunga 28 illustrations 544 pages 9.5" x 6.5" (248mm x 170mm) soft covers ISBN 1-898281-47-4

£25.00

Old English Poems, Prose and Lessons - 2 CDs

Pollington S   Old English Poems, Prose and Lessons - 2 CDs
These two CDs can be used with First Steps in Old English or just listened to for the pleasure of hearing Old English spoken well. Kings & Dates - CD 1 1 Capture of the Five Boroughs 2 Alfred on Athelney - ASC 878 3 Cynewulf and Cyneheard - ASC 755 4 The Danes' Harrying - ASC 997 5 The Arrival of the English - Bede 6 Battle of Brunanburh Crime & Punishment 7 Extracts from the Laws of King Ine 8 The Ordeal Health & Wellbeing 9 Leechdoms - medical texts 10 Charm Against a Dwarf 11 Charm Against a Wen 12 Charm Against Waterelf Sickness 13 Nine Herbs Charm 14 Journey Charm 15 Wið Ymbe - for a swarm of bees Verse 16 Wulf & Eadwacer 17 Funeral of Scyld Scefing - Beowulf 18 The Wanderer 19 Deor 20 Beowulf's Greeting - Beowulf 21 Durham General - CD 2 22-38 Reading Exercises 39-41 Pronunciation Guide 42-46 Conversational Old English 2 CDs ISBN 1-898281-46-7

£11.95

Metal Artefacts of Antiquity

Read B   Metal Artefacts of Antiquity
A4, 137 pages, over 950 archaeological quality illustrations. A great aid to identification and dating. Mounts - Pendant Suspension Mounts and Pendants - Strap Distributors - Terrets - Spurs and Spur Fittings - Horses' Bit - Keys and Locks - Seal-Boxes - Seal Matrices; Daggers and Knives and their Fittings - Sword Fittings ? Spear - Tools - Spoons - Brooches - Weights and Weighing Apparatus - Candleholders ? Lamp Suspenders and Lanterns - Purse Bars and Pendent Frames - Lead Tokens. Principal illustrator Patrick Read, additional illustrations by Nick Griffiths, foreword by Geoff Egan.

£20.00



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