Further reading on Anglo-Saxon Lyminge

Scattered throughout the blog posts and pages of this site are various references to papers written about Anglo-Saxon Lyminge.  We have also made downloads of pdf files available for some of them.  If you are interested in following up in more detail on the matters we discuss, here is a useful summary of where to go with links to downloadable files.

The main archive of interim reports on the archaeology of Lyminge 2008-15 is available for download at Lyminge Archaeology  There are also references to external publications available through this link.

Gabor Thomas’s latest paper on how the great hall complex discovered on Tayne Field may have functioned, which is in Medieval Archaeology 62 (2018),  is available for download at:

Mead Halls of the Oiscingas: A new Kentish perspective on the Anglo-Saxon great hall complex phenomenon

You can read more about the confusion between the two saints of Lyminge, Æthelburh and Eadburh, and the argument that the current dedication of the church was changed in error at:

Antiquarians Victorian Parsons and re-writing the past, Arch Cant 138 (2017)

The text of the probably late 10th Century Life and Miracles of St Eadburh, with a translation and commentary, is available here:

The Life and Miracles of St Eadburh of Lyminge

The story of what happened to the saints of Lyminge and the ultimate fate of the relics is covered at:

Whatever happened to St Ethelburga?

Finally, you can read about the original excavations by Canon Jenkins in the churchyard at Lyminge, and get a feel for what we might be uncovering with the new excavations at:

The First Church in Lyminge

If you are interested in further reading around the subject, then the following are useful publications:

John Blair: The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society (Oxford, 2005)

Sarah Foot: Monastic Life in Anglo-Saxon England c600-900 (Cambridge, 2006)

Helena Hamerow: Rural Settlements and Society in Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford, 2012)

Debby Banham and Rosamund Faith: Anglo-Saxon Farms and Farming (Oxford, 2014)

John Blair: Building Anglo-Saxon England (Princeton, 2018)

Alan Everitt: Continuity and Colonization: the evolution of Kentish settlement (Leicester 1986)

Stuart Brookes and Sue Harrington: The Kingdom and People of Kent AD400-1066. Their history and archaeology (Stroud, 2010)

The trilogy of novels by Edoardo Albert entitled Edwin High King of Britain (2014), Oswald Return of the King (2015) and Oswiu King of Kings (2016) don’t claim to be absolutely accurate history because what novel of the historic past, particularly of such an ill-documented period, ever could be?  But they are good stories, starting with the period when Æthelburh married Edwin and became Queen of Northumbria, and they do give some of the colour that is otherwise missing from more academic titles.  Though one only has to look at any book illustrating the metalwork or manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxons to realise that the aristocratic world of Anglo-Saxon England was a very colourful world indeed.

For a final sumptuous dip into the art of Anglo-Saxon England, try the catalogue of the stupendous exhibition in 2018 at the British Library:

Claire Breay and Joanna Story(eds) Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. Art, Word, War (London 2018)

If you just like reading about matters Anglo-Saxon, try the blog A Clerk of Oxford, who writes regularly and very entertainingly particularly about the personalities of the period.  It is well worth dipping into the archive, as well as following current posts.