From Earth to Art: The Many Aspects of the Plant-world in Anglo-Saxon England ; Proceedings of the First ASPNS Symposium, University of Glasgow, 5-7 April 2000

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Rodopi, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 342 pages
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From Earth to Art presents papers from the 'Early Medieval Plant Studies' symposium, a meeting designed to explore the various disciplines which could help to elucidate the plant-names of Anglo-Saxon England, many of which are not understood. The range of disciplines represented includes landscape history, place-name studies, botany, archaeology, art history, Old English literature, the history of food and of medicine, and linguistic approaches such as semantics and morphology. This collection represents a first experimental step in the work of the Anglo-Saxon Plant-Name Survey (ASPNS), a multidisciplinary research project based in the University of Glasgow. ASPNS is dedicated to collecting and reviewing, for the first time, the total multidisciplinary evidence for each plant-name, and establishing new or improved identifications. The results will have implications for various historical studies such as agriculture, pharmacology, nutrition, climate, dialect, and more. Included in the book is the first ASPNS word-study, concerned with the Old English word ęspe (the ancestor of 'aspen'), and it is shown that this tree-name had a broader meaning than has hitherto been suspected. This book will be of interest to historians, botanists, archaeologists, linguists, geographers, gardeners, herbalists, conservationists and anyone interested in the crucial role of plants in history.
 

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Contents

Illustrations
7
Preface
15
Carole Hough University of Glasgow
41
Ralph S Forbes The Queens University of Belfast
79
HUMAN SUSTENANCE AND COMFORT
101
Debby Banham University of Cambridge
119
Maria Amalia D Aronco University ofUdine Italy
133
ANALYSIS AND RECORDING
153
Philip G Rusche University of Nevada Las Vegas US
181
P Biggam University of Glasgow
195
Anthony Esposito OxfordEnglish Dictionary
233
Mats Ryden University of Uppsala Sweden
249
Jane Hawkes University of York
263
Jennifer Neville Royal Holloway University of London
287
Lexical Indexes
301
Copyright

Hans Sauer University of Munich Germany
161

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Page 36 - Leechdoms, Wortcunning and Starcraft of Early England, Rerum Britannicarum medii aevi scriptores 35, 3 vols. (London, 1864-6), I, pp. Ixxv-lxxvi. 10. Except for the first quire, see D'Aronco, 'Introduction' to The Old English Illustrated Pharmacopoeia, pp.

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