• Title: Lady with a Mead Cup: Ritual, Prophecy and Lordship in the European Warband from La Tene to the Viking Age
  • Author: Michael J. Enright
  • ISBN: 9781851821884
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lady with a Mead Cup Ritual Prophecy and Lordship in the European Warband from La Tene to the Viking Age 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 Medievali
    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 instancLady 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.

    One Reply to “Lady with a Mead Cup: Ritual, Prophecy and Lordship in the European Warband from La Tene to the Viking Age”

    1. What if I told you that the so-called “valkyrie” is the pivotal role in the rite of sumbl and more important than that of Þyle? And that the role of “valkyrie” is properly that of a woman owing to the unique power of women in Germanic society, not only as brewers and weavers, but as oracles? And that the practice of sumbl itself has roots going back into Iron Age Celtic culture and thence into Bronze Age Greece? Would you believe me? If you don’t, or if you do but are intrigued, then [...]

    2. Lady with a Mead Cup is an analysis of the social/religious significance of a ritual in which the wife/lady/queen of a warlord offers a cup of mead to the members of a warband in Germanic and continental Celtic (Gaulish) culture. Actually that kind of relates to Wisdom of the Outlaw which I previously read in that it’s focused on warbands and their connection with seership, though it doesn’t discuss the Fenians.Much of it was rather dry and hard to get through so I skipped parts (mainly the [...]

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