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Brown, G. Baldwin. The Arts in Early England. Vol. I, The Life of Saxon England in its Relation to the Arts. London & New York, 1903. Vol. 2, Ecclesiastical Architecture in England from the Conversion of the Saxons to the Norman Conquest. London & New York, 1903. Vols. 3 & 4, Saxon Art and Industry in the Pagan Period. New York, 1915. Vol. 5, The Ruthwell and Bewcastle Crosses, The Gospels of Lindisfarne, and Other Christian Monuments of Northumbria, with Philological Chapters by A. Blyth Webster.

Small burial mounds occurred in earlyperiod East Anglian cemeteries, for example at Spong Hill, and provide a common and notable feature of Kentish cemeteries such as Finglesham. 3o The Kentish mound cemeteries suggest a sizeable aristocracy with (from grave goods) Frankish connections. But from the late sixth/early seventh century, the burial mound appears mainly outside Kent in the form of large isolated mounds covering a variety of wealthy graves, such as at Taplow,31 Asthall,32 and Swallowcliffe Down,33 which collectively can be termed "princely burials" (fig.

1) or Bewcastle or the Pictish sites need be sited at monasteries. The period 750-800 is not well documented, but it is possi- Exploring, Explaining, Imagining PI. 1. The Ruthwell Cross (photo Jane Hawkes). 39 40 The Archaeology ofAnglo-Saxon England: Basic Readings ble that the secular reaction against monasticism, so marked after 800, had already begun in the previous fifty years, in England as in Pictland. D. 800--1050 The two strongly opposed trends towards, on the one hand a centralized kingdom supported by orthodox Christianity, and on the other, a deregulated secular aristocracy (even if Christian), may be observed in settlements and monuments over the next two-and-a-half centuries, first one side and then the other having ascendancy.

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