Manx crosses :

by Wilson, David Mackenzie. Series: Archaeopress archaeology. Published by : Manx National Heritage in association with Archaeopress, Physical details: x, 181 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm. ISBN:1784917567; 1784917575; 9781784917562; 9781784917579. Year: 2018
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-149) and index.

Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 An Introduction to the Island -- Physical geography -- The kingdoms of the Irish Sea in the fifth to eighth centuries -- Christianity -- ch. 2 Early stones and sacred sites -- The earliest inscribed stones -- The problem of the keeills -- Sacred sites -- ch. 3 The Monastery at Maughold and pre-Scandinavian monuments in the Island -- Maughold -- Early inscribed stones from Maughold -- Outside influences -- Maughold crosses of the pre-Viking age without incidental decoration -- Plain crosses in low relief -- A Pictish influence -- Simple grave-markers -- The Maughold community -- ch. 4 The cusp of the Scandinavian settlement of the Isle of Man -- The political structure of the British Isles in the Viking Age -- Scandinavian settlement in Cumbria and the Isle of Man -- Sculpture on the Island: the beginning of decoration -- Form and embellishment -- Manx ornament of the early tenth century and its origins -- Hunting scenes -- ch. 5 The stone sculpture of the Scandinavian settlement -- The background -- Conversion of the Scandinavian settlers -- Dating the stones -- The Borre style -- The Jellinge style -- The Mammen style -- The Ringerike style -- Influences -- Scandinavian mythology and other historiated images -- The Sigurd story -- Ragnarok and the Resurrection -- Christian iconography -- Meaning: symbols or narrative? -- Colour: a footnote -- The end of the sculptural tradition -- ch. 6 The Scandinavian runic inscriptions -- What are runes? -- Where and how were they used? -- Manx runic inscriptions -- The contents of the inscriptions -- Chronology and identity -- Onchan 141: a case study -- Ìrish Sea runes' -- A footnote.

The carved stone crosses of the Isle of Man of the late fifth to mid-eleventh century are of national and international importance. They provide the most coherent source for the early history of Christianity in the Island, and for the arrival and conversion of Scandinavian settlers in the last century of the Viking Age - a century which produced some of the earliest recognisable images of the heroes and gods of the North ; earlier, indeed, than those found in Scandinavia. This, the first general survey of the material for more than a century, provides a new view of the political and religious connections of the Isle of Man in a period of great turmoil in the Irish Sea region. The book also includes an up-to-date annotated inventory of the monuments.

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