By Clare A. Lees, Gillian R. Overing
Medievalists have a lot to realize from a thoroughgoing contemplation of position. If landscapes are home windows onto human task, they attach us with medieval humans, permitting us to invite questions on their senses of area and position. In a spot to think In Clare Lees and Ggillian Overing brings jointly students of medieval literature, archaeology, historical past, faith, artwork heritage, and environmental stories to discover the assumption of position in medieval non secular tradition.
The essays in a spot to think In demonstrate areas genuine and imagined, historic and smooth: Anglo-Saxon Northumbria (home of Whitby and BedeÂ’s monastery of Jarrow), Cistercian monasteries of past due medieval Britain, pilgrimages of brain and soul in Margery Kempe, the ruins of Coventry Cathedral in 1940, and representations of the sacred panorama in todayÂ’s Pacific Northwest. A energy of the gathering is its understanding of the truth that medieval and glossy viewpoints converge in an adventure of position and body a newly created house the place the literary, the historic, and the cultural are in ongoing negotiation with the geographical, the non-public, and the cloth.
Featuring a uncommon array of students, a spot to think In may be of serious curiosity to students throughout medieval fields attracted to the interaction among medieval and sleek rules of position. individuals are Kenneth Addison, Sarah Beckwith, Stephanie Hollis, Stacy S. Klein, Fred Orton, Ann Marie Rasmussen, Diane Watt, Kelley M. Wickham-Crowley, Ulrike Wiethaus, and Ian wooden.
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Several important Bronze Age sites, such as those around Woodhead, are located a short distance from Bewcastle in the parish of Askerton. Another site worth mentioning here, also in Askerton, is the hut circle at High Grains near Watch Cragg. As yet nothing prehistoric has turned up on the hill, but see Cumbria smr no. 19213. In 1986, a partly polished axe of ‘‘dark green volcanic tuff ’’ was found in a sike near Whitebeck, close to Shopford. 12. K. S. Hodgson, ‘‘Some Notes on the Prehistoric Remains of the Border District,’’ TCWAAS 43 (1943): 168–70; R.
As they explore places, these essays define place as well, in ways both material and conceptual. They draw maps of place, power, and belief; of stones; of bodies; of journeys both imagined and real; of memory; and of generation. Wood explores the intersections of the royal and the ecclesiastical in the early Anglo-Saxon period, while Orton traces the roots of the remarkably sophisticated stone sculpture that is the Bewcastle monument. Wiethaus and Hollis chart geographies of desire and devotion in communities of nuns.
26. J. Davenport, ‘‘The Bewcastle Cauldron,’’ TCWAAS 96 (1996): 228–30. 27. Collingwood, ‘‘Pre-History of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire North-of-theSands,’’ points out that ‘‘the fortified hill-top towns of the Early Iron Age, that are so common in southern England . . are in general less common in the north, and in our district they are absent, unless the fort on Carrock Fell, be an example’’ (188). The stone-walled hill fort at Carby Hill on Liddel Water, some eight miles away to the northeast and about a half-mile from the northern boundary 44 r a place to believe i n Though the late Neolithic–cum–Bronze Age character of the area likely remained undisturbed until the coming of the Romans,28 it is difficult to imagine what kind of character that presence around Bewcastle might have had.
A Place to Believe in: Locating Medieval Landscapes by Clare A. Lees, Gillian R. Overing