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The Stone Sculpture of Anglo-Scandinavian Yorkshire in its Landscape Context

Halstead, Robert (2016) The Stone Sculpture of Anglo-Scandinavian Yorkshire in its Landscape Context. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

This thesis considers the Anglo-Scandinavian stone sculpture produced in Yorkshire in the ninth to eleventh centuries. Six sculpture-producing sites are examined in detail: York Minster, Nunburnholme, Kirkleavington, Brompton, the related sites at Otley and Weston and Leeds. The landscape setting of each site is considered, looking back to the pre-historic and Roman as well as Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian contexts, and the sculpture analysed within this landscape setting. For a number of sites, including Nunburnholme and Leeds, this is the first sustained analysis of the sculpture with reference to its landscape setting. This methodology leads to a number of conclusions concerning the sculptural material and how it is best studied. The importance of studying the carvings with reference to their landscape settings is demonstrated. Within this context the Anglo-Scandinavian sculpture of Yorkshire is shown to be an innovative and hybrid body of work, not merely an ephemeral and relatively minor variant of the dominant Anglian sculptural tradition. It is also demonstrated from the analysis of a number of the sites that the patrons and carvers of Anglo-Scandinavian stone sculpture were consistently using these monuments to make statements about their power in the landscape, from which the stone itself was derived. The sites and sculpture considered in this thesis also show that the region’s stone sculpture was not a static body of work, but one which was repeatedly refashioned and given new meanings by successive waves of settlement and colonisation.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (Leeds) > Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies (Leeds)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.694121
Depositing User: Dr Robert Halstead
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2016 12:56
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 14:43
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/14288

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