The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World : The Sacred and Secular Power of Embroidery

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  • Author(s): LESTER-MAKIN, ALEXANDRA
  • Series:
    Ancient Textiles Series
  • Publication Information:
    [Place of publication not identified] : Oxbow Books. 2019
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      This latest title in the highly successful Ancient Textiles series is the first substantial monograph-length historiography of early medieval embroideries and their context within the British Isles. The book brings together and analyses for the first time all 43 embroideries believed to have been made in the British Isles and Ireland in the early medieval period. New research carried out on those embroideries that are accessible today, involving the collection of technical data, stitch analysis, observations of condition and wear-marks and microscopic photography supplements a survey of existing published and archival sources. The research has been used to write, for the first time, the ‘story'of embroidery, including what we can learn of its producers, their techniques, and the material functions and metaphorical meanings of embroidery within early medieval Anglo-Saxon society. The author presents embroideries as evidence for the evolution of embroidery production in Anglo-Saxon society, from a community-based activity based on the extended family, to organized workshops in urban settings employing standardized skill levels and as evidence of changing material use: from small amounts of fibers produced locally for specific projects to large batches brought in from a distance and stored until needed. She demonstrate that embroideries were not simply used decoratively but to incorporate and enact different meanings within different parts of society: for example, the newly arrived Germanic settlers of the fifth century used embroidery to maintain links with their homelands and to create tribal ties and obligations. As such, the results inform discussion of embroidery contexts, use and deposition, and the significance of this form of material culture within society as well as an evaluation of the status of embroiderers within early medieval society. The results contribute significantly to our understanding of production systems in Anglo-Saxon England and Ireland.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9781789251449. 9781789251456. 9781789251463. 9781789251470.
    • Accession Number:
      1124923242
    • Accession Number:
      2281416
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    • ABNT:
      LESTER-MAKIN, A. The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World : The Sacred and Secular Power of Embroidery. [Place of publication not identified]: Oxbow Books, 2019. ISBN 9781789251449. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=2281416. Acesso em: 25 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      LESTER-MAKIN A. The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World : The Sacred and Secular Power of Embroidery. Oxbow Books; 2019. Accessed November 25, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=2281416
    • APA:
      LESTER-MAKIN, A. (2019). The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World : The Sacred and Secular Power of Embroidery. Oxbow Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      LESTER-MAKIN, ALEXANDRA. 2019. The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World : The Sacred and Secular Power of Embroidery. Ancient Textiles Series. [Place of publication not identified]: Oxbow Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=2281416.
    • Harvard:
      LESTER-MAKIN, A. (2019) The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World : The Sacred and Secular Power of Embroidery. [Place of publication not identified]: Oxbow Books (Ancient Textiles Series). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=2281416 (Accessed: 25 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      LESTER-MAKIN, A 2019, The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World : The Sacred and Secular Power of Embroidery, Ancient Textiles Series, Oxbow Books, [Place of publication not identified], viewed 25 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      LESTER-MAKIN, ALEXANDRA. The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World : The Sacred and Secular Power of Embroidery. Oxbow Books, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=2281416.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      LESTER-MAKIN, ALEXANDRA. The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World : The Sacred and Secular Power of Embroidery. Ancient Textiles Series. [Place of publication not identified]: Oxbow Books, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=2281416.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      LESTER-MAKIN A. The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World : The Sacred and Secular Power of Embroidery [Internet]. [Place of publication not identified]: Oxbow Books; 2019 [cited 2020 Nov 25]. (Ancient Textiles Series). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=2281416