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Wales and the Britons, 350-1064$
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T. M. Charles-Edwards

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198217312

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198217312.001.0001

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Wales and the Britons, 350-1064

T. M. Charles-Edwards

Oxford University Press

The inscriptions preserved from this period nearly all commemorate individuals. They are vital evidence for the culture of the Britons, including the cultural inheritance from Roman Britain, for Irish settlement, and for burial customs. They divide into a Post‐Roman phase up to c. 600, in which the letter‐forms appropriate for inscriptions were inherited from Roman Britain, and in which such memorials were usually not situated in a church precinct, and a subsequent phase in which most letter‐forms were a carry over from a book‐script, half‐uncial, and most inscriptions were now in the precinct of a church.

Keywords:   the survival of Roman culture, commemoration of the dead, burial customs, insular script

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