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Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World$
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Michael D. J. Bintley and Michael G. Shapland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680795

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680795.001.0001

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An Introduction to Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World

An Introduction to Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World

(p.1) 1 An Introduction to Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World
Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World

Michael D.J. Bintley

Michael G. Shapland

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter establishes the origins and rationale of the present volume, and situates it within the context of previous scholarship. The chapter offers a wide-ranging discussion of the state of current research that engages with the function of trees and timber in their various uses. Topics are approached sequentially, offering an overview of the role of trees and their products in material culture, in early medieval ontologies of wood and timber, within systems of Christian and pre-Christian belief, in the early medieval landscape, and in Anglo-Saxon art and literature. Each of the subsequent chapters in the book is situated within the scholarly tradition, and an appeal is made for the recognition of trees and timber as an important area for future scholarship.

Keywords:   wood, timber, belief, art, literature, landscape, material culture

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