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Inscriptions

T. M. Charles-Edwards

in Wales and the Britons, 350-1064

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780198217312
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744778 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198217312.003.0004

Series: History of Wales

Inscriptions

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The inscriptions preserved from this period nearly all commemorate individuals. They are vital evidence for the culture of the Britons, including the cultural inheritance from Roman Britain, for Irish settlement, and for burial customs. They divide into a Post‐Roman phase up to c. 600, in which the letter‐forms appropriate for inscriptions were inherited from Roman Britain, and in which such memorials were usually not situated in a church precinct, and a subsequent phase in which most letter‐forms were a carry over from a book‐script, half‐uncial, and most inscriptions were now in the precinct of a church.

Keywords: the survival of Roman culture; commemoration of the dead; burial customs; insular script

Chapter.  25515 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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