Christian Sacred Spaces and Places

Helen Gittos

in The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199212149
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Christian Sacred Spaces and Places

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This article states that minsters were among the prime foci for late Anglo-Saxon urbanization. First it reviews the key themes in the ecclesiastical history of Anglo-Saxon England and then discusses some particular issues. The role of minsters in the development of towns is also addressed. The churches built during the period of rebuilding and endowment which took place during the eleventh century make up a substantial part of Taylor and Taylor's corpus of Anglo-Saxon buildings. Church architecture was influenced by tradition, fashion, and the properties of available materials but also by ideas about what these buildings symbolized. The proximity of many Anglo-Saxon churches to certain naturally occurring features, notably springs, has long been recognized. The study of Christian sacred places in Anglo-Saxon England is a dynamic field in which huge progress has been made during the last forty or so years.

Keywords: Christian sacred spaces; Christian sacred places; Anglo-Saxon urbanization; minsters; ecclesiastical history; Church architecture; Anglo-Saxon England; Anglo-Saxon buildings

Article.  8787 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology

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