The Private Lives of the Saints: Power, Passion and Politics in Anglo-Saxon England
Skulduggery, power struggles and politics. A fascinating re-examination of Anglo-Saxon England told through the secret lives of the saints.
Drawing on a wide range of evidence, from art and literature to archaeology, theology and historical data, Oxford art historian and BBC presenter, Dr Janina Ramirez examines the real lives of over a dozen seminal individuals, re-evaluating the role of the saints, from the infamous to the obscure, whose effect was felt throughout the Anglo-Saxon world and can still be felt today.
Taking them from their heavenly status to the human level, and examining their desire for adulation, power, wealth and legacy, Janina offers a unique and discerning study of life in Anglo-Saxon England.