• Henley DFAS

'When England had Scarcely Begun': Sutton Hoo and the Lindisfarne Gospels

Tuesday 20th April 2021 - Three Virtual Talks Lecture 1: 10.00am-11.00am  Lecture 2: 12.30pm-1.30pm Lecture 3: 3.30pm-4.30pm
Mark Cottle

Sutton Hoo and the Lindisfarne Gospels provide remarkable insights into the England of the 7th century. 

Sutton Hoo, Near Woodbridge, Suffolk


Early in the century, a great ship was dragged ashore from the river Deben in Suffolk. 

It became the burial place of a powerful Anglo-Saxon warlord, buried with a mound of treasures from all over the known world.  Fine weaponry, gold coins and exquisitely crafted jewellery reflected levels of sophistication which were a revelation. 

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Basil Brown 22nd January 1888 - 12th March 1977

Basil Brown was a prolific worker and recorder of archaeological sites in Suffolk. He was the discoverer of the Sutton Hoo Ship burial in 1938-39.


The Book of Durrow

At the end of the 7th century, after its conversion to Christianity, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria enjoyed a brief golden age – a result of which was the Lindisfarne Gospels, one of the most impressive works of art of the whole medieval period.

Lecture 1: 
Introduction and historical sources
The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial
Lecture 2:
The Staffordshire Hoard
The Prittlewell Prince
Conversion to Christianity: the Roman and Irish Missions
Lecture 3:
The Golden Age of Northumbria
The Book of Durrow
The Lindisfarne Gospels with reference to the Book of Kells