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The Kirkdale Dedication Inscription And Its Latin Models: Romanitas In Late Anglo-Saxon Yorkshire

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Identifying Latin models for the Old English texts of Northumbria is an area to which Matti Kilpiö has made an important contribution. The subject of this chapter is briefer, later and humbler than that of Matti's work, the crucifixion poem on the Ruthwell Cross. It is nonetheless of some interest as a glimpse of intellectual cross-currents, and of contacts between episcopal high culture and the architectural patronage of Yorkshire gentry, in the generation before the Norman Conquest. The most likely explanation for a precocious Romanesque church at Kirkdale is surely that it was modelled on, and perhaps built by the same masons as, some larger project of Ealdred's.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon Yorkshire; Kirkdale; Latin models; Matti Kilpiö; Norman Conquest; Orm Gamalsson; Romanesque church



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