- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Anglo-Saxon Books; Reprint edition (December 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1898281548
- ISBN-13: 978-1898281542
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While culling his evidence primarily from the wealth of A/S literature (which he translates himself), Pollington enhances his material with data derived from archeological finds. The accuracy of his presentation sets his book squarely in the history/anthropology section of one's library.
The book is an exploration of what these early Anglo-Saxon people were like and how the mead-hall was a reflection of their society. The book explains a Germanic culture and worldview in simple, concise and elegant terms with easily followed arguments. This is added to by a pleasing writing style.
Few books of late have left me feeling my time was so well spent after the reading.
It would be impossible to lay out everything there is to learn from this book. The only way to even approximate it is to simply give you a partial look at the table of contents, which in itself gives you an idea of the breadth and depth of work this book encompasses:
1. Feasting and Society
- A Window on Early English Society
- Feasting in the Hall
- Meals and Mealtimes
- Oaths and Boasts
- Feasts, Marriages and Alliances
2. Living Space: The Hall in Reality
- The Hall and its Settlement
- Construction & Layout
- Building Techniques
- Hall Development in Anglo-Saxon England
3. Ritual Space: The Hall in Ideology
- The Hall as the Ideal Dwelling
- The Joys of the Hall
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Stephen Pollington happens to be one of my favorite authors. While his works are academic in nature, they are written in an accessible manner. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christopher P.
Stephen Pollington is an excellent writer who has an uncanny ability to write in a down-to-earth style and not diminish the complexity of the knowledge being related. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Daniel