Weland the Smith: Legend, Law and Landscape in early medieval Wessex

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The Stripe Auditorium

King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester

Sparkford Road

Winchester

SO22 4NR

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This lecture marks the launch of a new book edited by Alex Langlands and Ryan Lavelle, in honour of Professor Barbara Yorke, The Land of the English Kin: Studies of Wessex and Anglo-Saxon England in Honour of Professor Barbara Yorke (Brill, 2020).

The Neolithic chambered tomb known as Wayland’s Smithy serves as the starting point for an exploration of how the monumental landscape within this area of northern Wessex may have influenced and been influenced by Anglo-Saxon ways of thinking about law, divine justice and the world of the gods.

A recent turn in the interdisciplinary study of belief systems in early medieval societies - especially with reference to Scandinavia - requires us to anticipate that spiritual and supernatural associations with place may have been more ubiquitous that previously thought. A re-reading of the topography, toponymy and archaeology in a landscape that hosts numerous barrows, exceptional hill-forts, Dragon Hill, The White Horse, Grim’s Dyke and the long distance track known as the Icknield Way presents the case for an important complex used in the display and enaction of early medieval power.

Complimentary refreshments will be available after the lecture, along with copies of the book for purchase and signing - please do stay on and celebrate with us.

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The Stripe Auditorium

King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester

Sparkford Road

Winchester

SO22 4NR

United Kingdom

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