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- DescriptionCruciform brooches were large and decorative items of jewellery, frequently used to pin together women's garments in pre-Christian rthwest Europe. Characterised by the strange bestial visages that project from the feet of these dress and cloak fasteners, cruciform brooches were especially common in eastern England during the 5th and 6th centuries AD. For this reason, archaeologists have long associated them with those shadowy tribal originators of the English: the Angles of the Migration period. This book provides a multifaceted, holistic and contextual analysis of more than 2,000 Anglo-Saxon cruciform brooches. It offers a critical examination of identity in Early Medieval society, suggesting that the idea of being Anglian in post-Roman Britain was t a primordial, tribal identity transplanted from rthern Germany, but was at least partly forged through the repeated, prevalent use of dress and material culture. Additionally, the particular women that were buried with cruciform brooches, and indeed their very funerals, played an important role in the process. These ideas are explored through a new typology and an updated chrology for cruciform brooches, alongside considerations of their production, exchange and use. The author also examines their geographical distribution through time and their most common archaeological contexts: the inhumation and cremation cemeteries of early Anglo-Saxon England. Dr Toby Martin is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University.
- Author BiographyBritish Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University.
- Author(s)Toby F. Martin
- PublisherBoydell & Brewer Ltd
- Date of Publication19/03/2015
- Place of PublicationWoodbridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2015
- ImprintThe Boydell Press
- Content Note58 black & white illustrations, 5 colour illustrations, 44 black & white line drawings
- Weight1108 g
- Width175 mm
- Height249 mm
- Spine29 mm
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