1. Introduction: approaches to images in the early Christian world; 2. Secular impulses towards the Insular manuscript style; 3. Christian art: influx and impact; 4. The colour purple: a late-antique phenomenon and its Anglo-Saxon reflexes; 5. Holy men and heavenly beings; 6. Incentives towards artistic production in early Christian England: some case histories.
This 1999 book examine the interaction of the visual arts and religion in early Christian England.
'The achievement of this book is in its evocation of an entire world, its art, literature, and politics, and of the processes which changed it.' Medium Aevum