• 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.

Born on the Isles of Scilly and educated at Truro School, Cornwall, and Birmingham University, Mark's career has been spent in education and training at home and abroad.  He has lectured at Exeter College on Medieval and Tudor history, St Mark's & St John's University College, Plymouth, and at Bath University on Anglo Saxon and medieval England.  He currently runs two small companies providing training and study breaks.

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