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Trees in Anglo-Saxon England

Literature, Lore and Landscape

Trees in Anglo-Saxon England by Della Hooke
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Trees played a particularly important part in the rural economy of Anglo-Saxon England, both for wood and timber and as a wood-pasture resource, with hunting gaining a growing cultural role. But theyare also powerful icons in many pre-Christian religions, with a degree of tree symbolism found in Christian scripture too. This wide-ranging book explores both the "real", historical and archaeological evidence of trees and woodland, and as they are depicted in Anglo-Saxon literature and legend. Place-name and charter references cast light upon the distribution of particular tree species (mapped here in detail for the first time) and also reflect upon regional character in a period that was fundamental for the evolution of the present landscape.

Della Hooke is Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham.
Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd; May 2011
322 pages; ISBN 9781782047223
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Title: Trees in Anglo-Saxon England
Author: Della Hooke