Roman, Runes and Oghan: Medieval Inscriptions in the Insular World and on the Continent

Higgitt, J., Forsyth, K. and Parsons, D. N. eds. (2001) Roman, Runes and Oghan: Medieval Inscriptions in the Insular World and on the Continent. Shaun Tyas: Donington, Lincs. ISBN 9781900289443

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The book is a collection of essays of studies on medieval inscriptions by twenty-one authors. These inscriptions were written texts that existed outside the world of books and documents and were often publicly displayed before a broad audience in a durable medium such as stone or metal. Inscriptions are a rich and under-used source for the understanding of the diverse literate cultures of the Middle Ages, although they have stimulated much interesting research in recent years. Celticists, Anglo-Saxonists, oghamists, runologists, experts on medieval Latin epigraphy (the science of the study of inscriptions), students of brasses and other specialists have often worked on inscriptions in isolation from each other. This book is new in bringing together recent work on inscriptions in Ireland, Celtic Britain, Anglo-Saxon and medieval England and the Scandinavian or Viking world; and on the continent of Europe. Individual chapters exemplify a range of different approaches to the investigation of inscriptions, drawing on the evidence of archaeological context, of texts, of palaeography, and of linguistic analysis. Some explore methodological questions, including the use of computers. Others throw light on such subjects as the status of women, Insular influence on the Continent, medieval prayers for the dead, or the use of inscriptions to bolster the authority of the powerful. The contributors are: John Higgitt, Jeremy Knight, Carlo Tedeschi, Mark Handley, Anthony Harvey, Ann Hamlin, Jost Gippert, Elizabeth Okasha, R. I. Page, Michael Barnes, Katherine Holman, Terje Spurkland, Espen S. Ore, Anne Haavaldsen, Krzysztof Maciej Kowalski, Walter Koch, John Mitchell, Nick Everett, Jerome Bertram, Sally Badham and Jennifer Alexander.

Item Type:Books
Keywords:epigraphy, ogham, ogam, runes, roman alphabet, early medieval, medieval, monuments
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Forsyth, Professor Katherine
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Celtic and Gaelic
Publisher:Shaun Tyas
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