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Author Enright, Michael J., 1944-

Title Lady with a mead cup : ritual, prophecy, and lordship in the European warband from La Tène to the Viking Age / Michael J. Enright
Published Blackrock, Co. Dublin : Portland, OR : Four Courts Press, [1996]


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Description xiv, 340 pages ; 24 cm
Contents I. Ritual, Group Cohesion and Hierarchy in the Germanic Warband -- II. Warlords, Hetzerinnen and Sibyls -- III. The Liquor Ritual and the Basis of the Lordly Power to Command Followers -- IV. The Archaeology of Intoxication and the Continuity of Transalpine History. 1. From Lubsow to the Vikings. 2. From Hochdorf to the Gaels. 3. Aspects of Continuity and Oral Culture -- V. Warband Religion and the Celtic World. 1. Druids, Female Magic and Weaving Beams. 2. Wealhtheow. 3. The Celto-Germanic Warband and the Rise of the Warlord. 4. Governmental Forms. 5. Mercury, Wodan and the One-Eyed Warlord. 6. Rosmerta and Veleda. 7. Mercury, Rosmerta and a Concept of Rhineland Kingship. 8. The Inauguration of the Warlord -- VI. Conclusion
Summary Lady with a Mead Cup is a broad-ranging, innovative and strikingly original study of the early medieval barbarian cup-offering ritual and its social, institutional and religious significance. Medievalists are familiar with the image of a queen offering a drink to a king or chieftain and to his retainers, the Wealhtheow scene in Beowulf being perhaps the most famous instance. Drawing on archaeology, anthropology and philology, as well as medieval history, Professor Enright has produced the first work in English on the warband and on the significance of barbarian drinking rituals. Lady with a Mead Cup will be of interest to students of Germanic or Celtic culture and kingship, anthropology and Dark Age religion
Analysis Europe
Social customs History
Social customs History
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 288-335) and index
Subject Celts -- Religion.
Civilization, Celtic.
Civilization, Germanic.
Drinking customs -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Germanic peoples -- Religion -- Social aspects.
Drinking customs -- Europe -- History.
Germanic peoples -- Religion.
Germanic peoples -- Warfare -- Social aspects.
Kings and rulers, Medieval.
Europe -- History -- 476-1492.
Europe -- History -- To 476.
Europe, Northern -- History.
LC no. 96121648
ISBN 1851821880