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.
'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