Lady with a Mead Cup: Ritual, Prophecy, and Lordship in the European Warband from La Tène to the Viking Age

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Four Courts Press, 1996 - History - 340 pages
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Lady with a Mead Cup is a broad-ranging, innovative and strikingly original study of the early medieval barbarian cup-offering ritual and its social, institutional and religious significance. Medievalists are familiar with the image of a queen offering a drink to a king or chieftain and to his retainers, the Wealhtheow scene in Beowulf being perhaps the most famous instance.
Drawing on archaeology, anthropology and philology, as well as medieval history, Professor Enright has produced the first work in English on the warband and on the significance of barbarian drinking rituals.
Lady with a Mead Cup will be of interest to students of Germanic or Celtic culture and kingship, anthropology and Dark Age religion.

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Contents

Warlords Hetzerinnen and Sibyls
38
The Liquor Ritual and the Basis of the Lordly Power to Command
69
The Archaeology of Intoxication and the Continuity of Transalpine
97
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Michael Enright is Professor of Medieval History at East Carolina University.

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