Professor John Blair

Featured Publication

The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society (OUP, 2005).

The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society

From the impact of the first monasteries in the seventh century, to the emergence of the local parochial system five hundred years later, the Church was a force for change in Anglo-Saxon society. It shaped culture and ideas, social and economic behaviour, and the organization of landscape and settlement. This book traces how the widespread foundation of monastic sites ('minsters') during c.670-730 gave the recently pagan English new ways of living, of exploiting their resources, and of absorbing European culture, as well as opening new spiritual and intellectual horizons.

Research
  • Early medieval settlement and landscape
  • Early medieval buildings and material culture
  • Early medieval ritual and belief
Publications
  • Building Anglo-Saxon England

  • Bede and the Culture of the Laity: Bede and the Culture of the Laity for 2010 [pub. 2016]

  • The Making of the English House: Domestic Planning, 900-1150

  • The British Culture of Anglo-Saxon Settlement

  • Grid-planning in Anglo-Saxon settlements: the short perch and the four perch module

  • The British Culture of Anglo-Saxon Settlement: The Chadwick Lecture, 2013

  • The British Culture of Anglo-Saxon Settlement: The Chadwick Lecture, 2013

  • Holy beams: Anglo-Saxon cult sites and the place-name element bēam

  • Overview: the archaeology of religion

  • The prehistory of English fonts

  • More
Teaching

Current DPhil Students

  • Andrew Holland
  • Aversa Sheldon

I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil students regarding my research interests.


I currently teach:

Prelims

FHS
British History I and II British History I and II
Age of Bede O.S. Anglo-Saxon Archaeology F.S.
Einhard and Asser

Norman Conquest S.S.

Approaches: Archaeology

Disciplines: Archaeology

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