Publication of Volume X of the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture: The Western Midlands, ed. R. Bryant

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

 I was very excited to get the next instalment of the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture in the post a couple of days ago. This is the equivalent of the Bible where this field is concerned, and in many ways this one is the best yet. The pieces of carved stone are photographed from many different angles, and I think this is the first Corpus volume really to present the sculpture holistically.
I was even happier to turn to the section on Newent in Gloucestershire - the only site in the region where I have done an in-depth study of a piece of sculpture - and find my work summarised accurately and at length, and described as 'well-argued'.

I've uploaded a picture of the wonderful bit of stone in question. It's around the size of an A4 sheet of paper. It has a Crucifixion on one side and a Second Coming on the other, and the names MATTHEW MARK LUKE JOHN EDRED carved around the edges, as well as EDRED repeated on the top of one face. My 'well-argued proposal' is that it is a 'fossil' of a Gospel Book with ornamented covers, made to go into the grave of a man called Edred, somewhere around the middle of the 11th century.