Saturday, 28 June 2014

More about the Celts, Anglo Saxon Jewellery and Summer Flowers


Anglo Saxon times in Britain from the 5th to 10th centuries followed the decline of the Roman Empire and were once thought to be primitive and terrible, the Dark Ages, but archaeology has taught us otherwise. 


It was a skilled culture where the Blacksmith, or craftsman, created beautiful book covers, swords, warrior helmets and jewellery. 



The enamelled brooches, rings, necklaces, bracelets were worked from iron, gold and silver into intricate filigree designs encrusted with coral, crystals, amber, glass, garnet and other semi precious stones.



The Anglo Saxon hoard, a vast collection of these items, was discovered during 2009 in a field in Staffordshire and was taken to Birmingham Museum where I was able to see some of it.


We have many artifacts now from the world where my novel is set, the 8th century, including amulets the Anglo Saxons would have carried, treasure which may have been meaningless to others but priceless in the owner's hands. 


We still have our own amulets today. Mine include the silvered Celtic Cross I bought at Swanwick, the UK writers Summer School, in 2008. It marked the beginning of my passion for writing and has had a bearing on my novel, Durstan, the Monk's tale. 

I also treasure my Mother and Father's photographs, the painting they did as a hobby; Grandmother's bracelet and Chinese lacquered table; an old musical box which was a childhood favourite and there's a few more.


 


Each of us too finds beauty in different places. The early Celtic Christians saw it in nature, the landscape and all of creation which they believed came from their God. 

And I love the abundance of summer flowers everywhere, their beautiful colours. I discovered this tub outside St Mary's Church in Warwick last week, when I passed by.



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