Lady with a Mead Cup

Ritual, prophecy and lordship in the European warband from La Tene to the Viking Age

By Michael J. Enright

Now available in paperback, '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 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.


356 pages

Publication Date: 6/30/2013
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781846824289