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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1114: Anglo-Saxons: Sessions in Honour of Ian N. Wood, II

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Tim Barnwell, School of History, University of Leeds / Kısmet Press, Leeds
Ricky Broome, Leeds Institute for Clinical Trials Research (LICTR), University of Leeds
N Yavuz, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Respondent:Joyce Hill, School of English, University of Leeds
Paper 1114-aBede the Stylist
(Language: English)
Christopher Grocock, Department of Classics, Bedales School, Petersfield
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1114-bHredmonað, Hlyda, Rugern: In Search of Anglo-Saxon Month-Names
(Language: English)
Philip A. Shaw, School of English, University of Leicester
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Old English, Pagan Religions
Paper 1114-cThe Vale of Pickering, an Extra-Ordinary Place or Just Another River Valley in the Anglo-Saxon World?
(Language: English)
Dominic Powlesland, Landscape Research Centre, Malton / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Geography and Settlement Studies

Throughout his career, Ian N. Wood has been involved in furthering our understanding of the Anglo-Saxon world. The second of these sessions in his honour is inspired by this highly influential work.

The three papers in this session seek to contribute to our understanding of the Anglo-Saxons and their world. Christopher Grocock will revisit the Venerable Bede, emphasising the importance of Bede’s original Latin for understanding and appreciating what he was trying to convey. His paper will focus on select passages from the Homilia and the Historia Ecclesiastica. Philip A. Shaw will look at the month-names used in Anglo-Saxon England including but not limited to Bede's De temporum ratione, and argue for the existence of local sequences of month-names in pre-Christian England. Finally, Dominic Powlesland will consider the Vale of Pickering in North Yorkshire, England, asking whether this valley was unusual or representative of wider Anglo-Saxon geographical trends.