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Angels in Early Medieval England

Richard Sowerby


In the modern world, angels perhaps seem to be no more than a symbol—something encountered only on the top of Christmas trees, or seemingly emblematic of Christian beliefs at their most traditional and unchanging. But in the Middle Ages men and women thought differently. Some offered prayers intended to secure angelic assistance for the living and the dead; others erected stone monuments carved with images of winged figures; and still others made angels the subject of poetic endeavour and theological scholarship. This wealth of material has never been fully explored, and was once dismissed as ... More

Keywords: angels, Anglo-Saxon, England, early medieval, Middle Ages, medieval Christianity, Old English literature, supernatural, saints

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785378
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785378.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Sowerby, author
Lecturer in Early Medieval Insular History, University of Edinburgh