Monarchs and Megaliths Journal Topics
ANSWER ONE

1.  Chose three artifacts (e.g., sculptures, coins, portraits, funeral objects, tombs, personal or household items) that portray a ruler from three different periods of British history.  Describe each item, discussing such things as the materials used to construct it and the composition of the design.  What does the artifact tell you about the nature of royal rule in the era?  What similarities and differences do you note among the three?
 

2. Go to the Sutton Hoo exhibit. Describe the ship and its contents. What does this early burial site tell you about the nature of early Anglo-Saxon kingship?
 

Selected Readings:
N.B.  This will obviously vary with the nature of the artifact and/or document.

Backhouse, Janet. The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library. London and Toronto, 1997.

The British Museum Compass.  http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/compass

Carver, Martin. Sutton Hoo: Burial Ground of Kings? Philadelphia, PA: 1998.

Caygill, Marjorie.  Treasures of the British Museum.New York, 1985.

Green, Charles.  Sutton Hoo: The Excavation of a Royal Ship-burial. London, 1968.

Grohskopf, Bernice.  The Treasure of Sutton Hoo: Ship-burial for an Anglo Saxon King. New York, 1973.

Harris, P.R. A History of the British Museum Library.  London, 1998.

Kitzinger, Ernst.  Early Medieval Art in the British Museum. Bloomington, IN, 1983.

Prescott, Andrew.  English Historical Documents. London, 1988.
 

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