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Aspects of knowledgePreserving and reinventing traditions of learning in the Middle Ages$
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Marilina Cesario and Hugh Magennis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097843

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097843.001.0001

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The Jellinge Stone: from prehistoric monument to petrified ‘book’

The Jellinge Stone: from prehistoric monument to petrified ‘book’

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(p.235) 10 The Jellinge Stone: from prehistoric monument to petrified ‘book’
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Michelle P. Brown

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719097843.003.0011

Like the previous chapter, Michelle Brown’s contribution represents an instance of the integration of Christian and pre-Christian Germanic knowledge in the early Middle Ages. Brown explores the context and meaning of the distinctive late-tenth-century rune-stone carved at the royal burial ground of Jellinge in Denmark, viewing the monument as a book in stone and a symbol of conversion and of changing political agendas in Scandinavia in the tenth century. Ranging widely across early medieval art, Brown explains that the stone (like the Auzon/Franks Casket, to which she also alludes) draws upon both Christian and pagan Norse traditions ‘to form a new, integrated iconography that formed a distinctive expression of the Scandinavian experience of cultural synthesis and conversion’.

Keywords:   Materiality, Tradition, Religious knowledge, Secular knowledge, Transmission, Art, Conversion

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