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Glitter in the Dragon’s Lair: Irish and Anglo-Saxon Metalwork from Pre-Viking Wales, c.400–850

Glitter in the Dragon’s Lair: Irish and Anglo-Saxon Metalwork from Pre-Viking Wales, c.400–850

Chapter:
(p.281) 13 Glitter in the Dragon’s Lair: Irish and Anglo-Saxon Metalwork from Pre-Viking Wales, c.400–850
Source:
Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings
Author(s):
Mark Redknap
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.003.0013

This chapter examines Irish and Anglo-Saxon metalwork in Wales during the pre-Viking period from 400 to 850. The findings indicate that the conscious creation or adaptation of distinctive glitter in metalwork was used to convey the social position, legitimacy, and cultural leanings of some groupings during the early medieval period. The chapter also explains that while it can be argued that the native material culture of some people of Wales became progressively distinctive in parallel with a growing sense of self-identification as Cymru, highly complex patterns of regional variation and expressions of identity appear to have existed.

Keywords:   Irish metalwork, Anglo-Saxon metalwork, Wales, pre-Viking period, social position, material culture, Cymru

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