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The Smith - Gold and Black

Episode 23 of 30

Lesley Webster vividly recreates the life of the smith and his ambivalent status in Anglo-Saxon society.

The return of the major series which rediscovers the Anglo-Saxons through vivid portraits of thirty individuals - women as well as men, famous we well as humble - written and presented by leading historians, archaeologists and enthusiasts in the field.

23. The Smith - Gold- and Black-.

Starting at the lonely grave of an anonymous smith buried in 7th century rural Lincolnshire, Lesley Webster vividly recreates the life of the smith and his ambivalent status in Anglo-Saxon society.

Drawing on archaeology and written sources such as Beowulf and Aelfric's Colloquy, she reflects on the practical role of the blacksmith in making everyday tools and weapons, and the legendary celebrity of a handful of goldsmiths, who created magnificent works of art such as the Alfred Jewel, which can still be seen in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford today.

Producer Beaty Rubens.

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