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Title: From Earth to Art
Subtitle: The Many Aspects of the Plant-World in Anglo-Saxon England. Proceedings of the First ASPNS Symposium, University of Glasgow, 5-7 April 2000.
Edited By: Carole P. Biggam
Series Title: Costerus New Series vol. 148

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 'æspe' 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.

Della HOOKE: Trees in the Anglo-Saxon Landscape: the Charter Evidence
Carole HOUGH: Place-Name Evidence for Anglo-Saxon Plant-Names
Ralph S. FORBES: Criteria for Assessing the Native Status of British Plants:
Some Case Histories
Allan R. HALL: Investigating Anglo-Saxon Plant Life and Plant Use: the Archaeobotanical Angle
Debby BANHAM: 'Be hlafum and wyrtum': Food Plants in Anglo-Saxon Society and Economy
Maria Amalia D’ARONCO: Anglo-Saxon Plant Pharmacy and the Latin Medical Tradition
Peter BIERBAUMER: Real and Not-So-Real Plant-Names in Old English Glosses
Hans SAUER: The Morphology of the Old English Plant-Names
Philip G. RUSCHE: Dioscorides’ 'De materia medica' and Late Old English Herbal Glossaries
C. P. BIGGAM: The 'Æspe' Tree in Anglo-Saxon England
Anthony ESPOSITO: Medieval Plant-Names in the 'Oxford English Dictionary'
Mats RYDÉN: William Turner as Botanist and Plant-Name Scholar
Jane HAWKES: The Plant-Life of Early Christian Anglo-Saxon Art
Jennifer NEVILLE: Leaves of Glass: Plant-Life in Old English Poetry
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Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): English, Old
Language Family(ies): New English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9042008075
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 342 pp.
Prices: EUR 70 / US$ 83