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Making a Christian Landscape
How Christianity Shaped the Countryside in Early-Medieval Cornwall, Devon and Wessex

By Sam Turner

Making a Christian Landscape
Hardback, 252 pages £55.00
Published: 2006
ISBN: 9780859897747
Format: 245mm x 173mm
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Paperback, 252 pages £23.00
Published: 2006
ISBN: 9780859897853
Format: 245mm x 173mm
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PDF, 252 pages £18.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780859899284
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Subjects: British History, Cornish Studies, History, Landscape Studies, South-West Studies


Sam Turner’s important new interpretation of early medieval patterns of landscape development traces landscape change in the South West from the introduction of Christianity to the Norman Conquest (AD c. 450–1070).



16 pages of colour illustrations.



The book stresses the significance of political and religious ideology in both the ‘Celtic’ west (especially Cornwall) and the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ east (especially the Wessex counties of Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset). Using innovative new research methods, and making use of archaeology, place-name evidence, historical sources and land-use patterns, it challenges previous work on the subject by suggesting that the two regions have much in common.



Using modern mapping techniques to explore land-use trends, Turner advances a new model for the evolution of ecclesiastical institutions in south-west England. He shows that the early development of Christianity had an impact on the countryside that remains visible in the landscape we see today. Accessibly written with a glossary of terms and a comprehensive bibliography, the book will appeal to both veterans and newcomers to landscape archaeology.



List of plates, figures and tables, viii; Acknowledgements, xi; Definitions, Glossary and Abbreviations, xii; Colour plates section, xv; Detailed captions with cross-references to the main text are provided on the pages immediately before and after the colour plates; 1 Introduction: Churches and the early medieval landscape, 1; 2 Studying early medieval landscapes in south-west Britain, 15; 3 The location and form of early churches in south-west Britain, 35; 4 Ecclesiastical centres and changing settlement patterns, 71; 5 Ecclesiastical centres and early medieval administrative structures, 107; 6 The changing ritual landscape of the conversion period, 131; 7 Developing medieval landscapes: The multiplication of churches and other Christian monuments, 145; 8 From south-west Britain to the wider world, 171; Bibliography, 191; Index, 213.



“…this welcome addition to the literature on south-western Britain in the early middle ages” (British Archaeology. November/December, 2006) “Readable, scholarly and insightful.” (British Archaeology. November/December, 2006) ‘In this important new study, Sam Turner argues that the changing pattern of settlements and estates in early medieval south-west Britain owed a great deal to a new Christian ideology of landscape.’ ‘…the book serves as a readable, well-illustrated, affordable but also scholarly introduction to the key debates about the early medieval church in the region as well as a new landscape study.’ (Southern History, Vol. 28, 2006)



Sam Turner is senior lecturer in archaeology at Newcastle University and editor of the Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings.



Making a Christian Landscape
Making a Christian Landscape - How Christianity Shaped the Countryside in Early-Medieval Cornwall, Devon and Wessex - Hardback cover



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Hardback , 252 pages
ISBN:
 9780859897747
Format:
 245mm x 173mm

Binding:
 Paperback , 252 pages
ISBN:
 9780859897853
Format:
 245mm x 173mm

Binding:
 PDF , 252 pages
ISBN:
 9780859899284

BIC Code:
 1DBKEW, HBJD1, HBLC, HRAX, HRC
BISAC Code:
  HIS015000, HIS018000, HIS037010, REL033000, REL070000
Imprint:
 University of Exeter Press


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