The Maritime World of the Anglo-Saxons

Essays in Anglo-Saxon Studies, Vol. 5

The Maritime World of the Anglo-Saxons

Edited by Stacy S. Klein and William Schipper
2014 | 356 + xiii pp. | 56 ills. | 978-0-86698-496-6 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 448 | $70 |

The twenty-first century has been marked by an “oceanic turn” and by groundbreaking new research on the previously hidden depths of maritime life, literature, and culture. The Maritime World of the Anglo-Saxons builds upon these new areas of research as the first major volume of essays to explore Anglo-Saxon England’s complex relationship to its maritime history, economy, and sensibilities. Individual essays focus on maritime travel, Viking invasions by sea, littoral culture, the archeology of the whale, and literary mythologies of monstrous sea creatures, bringing together insights from a range of disciplines: archeology, history, literature, paleography, linguistics, art history, critical theory, geography, and cultural studies.


Table of Contents

  • Navigating the Anglo-Saxon Seas
    Stacy S. Klein, Rutgers University
  • Travels on the Sea and in the Mind
    Martin Carver, University of York (Emeritus)
  • Overseeing the Sea: Some West Saxon Responses to Waterborne Threats in the South-East
    John Baker, University of Nottingham and Stuart Brookes, University College London
  • Herimum in mari: Anglo-Saxon Attitudes towards Peregrinatio and the Ideal of a Desert in the Sea
    Juliet Mullins, University College, Dublin
  • Eleventh-Century Anglo-Saxon Long-Haul Travelers: Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Beyond
    David A. E. Pelteret, Fazeley, Staffordshire
  • “. . . Velis vento plenis . . .”: Sea Crossings in the Bayeux Tapestry
    Gale R. Owen-Crocker, University of Manchester
  • Be mihtigum mannum: Power, Penance, and Food in Late Anglo-Saxon England
    Allen J. Frantzen, Loyola University Chicago
  • Demons of the Water: Anglo-Saxon Responses to the Gerasene Demoniac
    Peter Dendle, Pennsylvania State University
  • Beowulf and the Sea: An Ecofeminist Reading
    Heide Estes, Monmouth University
  • Scip: A Proposed Solution to Exeter Book Riddle 95
    Karl Persson, University of British Columbia
  • Verbal Seascapes in Anglo-Saxon Verse
    Phyllis Portnoy, University of Manitoba
  • “King of the Children of Pride”: Symbolism, Physicality, and the Old English Whale
    Carolin Esser-Miles, University of Winchester
  • Ælfric’s Fisherman and the Hronrad: A Colloquy on the Occupation
    Haruko Momma, New York University
  • Hronæs ban: Exoticism and Prestige in Anglo-Saxon Material Culture
    Carol Neuman de Vegvar, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon Whale
    Ian Riddler, Independent Scholar