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Anglo-saxon inscriptions found outside the british isles

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This chapter discusses thirteen inscriptions which discovered outside the British Isles which are certainly Anglo-Saxon: that is, they all date from c. 600 AD to c.1100 AD and can be demonstrated to be of Anglo-Saxon workmanship. The chapter explores three main questions, or groups of questions. The first question is on how did these Anglo-Saxon inscriptions come to be found beyond the bounds of these islands? Were they manufactured abroad by Anglo-Saxons, or were they made in Anglo-Saxon England and then carried to other countries? The second question concerns their survival: in general, are Anglo-Saxon inscribed objects more, or less, likely to have survived outside these islands than within them? The third question is related to the content of the texts. There is a rather larger percentage of religious objects than might have been expected. Is this related to the objects' location, or to their survival, or to both?

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon inscriptions; British Isles



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