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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 instanc ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published July 19th 1995 by Four Courts Press (first published June 1995)
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Dan
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What if I told you that the so-called “valkyrie” is the pivotal role in the rite of sumbl and more important than that of Þyle? And that the role of “valkyrie” is properly that of a woman owing to the unique power of women in Germanic society, not only as brewers and weavers, but as oracles? And that the practice of sumbl itself has roots going back into Iron Age Celtic culture and thence into Bronze Age Greece? Would you believe me?
If you don’t, or if you do but are intrigued, then get your h
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Monica
Wow! this book is everything it claims,to be and more. Excellent source for research.
Raven
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I had heard rave reviews about this book from several people, and its premise was interesting, but I just didn't feel that the justified conclusions were quite as wide spanning as the author did. It's certainly worthy of interest, but the sources are few enough that I didn't feel it made the case for this being a phenomenon as widespread culturally as the author posits. He certainly right to criticize the pick and choose interpretation of the classical sources with their authorial and evident po ...more
Mariah
Lady with a Mead Cup is an analysis of the social/religious significance of a ritual in which the wife/lady/queen of a warlord offers a cup of mead to the members of a warband in Germanic and continental Celtic (Gaulish) culture. Actually that kind of relates to Wisdom of the Outlaw which I previously read in that it’s focused on warbands and their connection with seership, though it doesn’t discuss the Fenians.

Much of it was rather dry and hard to get through so I skipped parts (mainly the big
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Shelves: informational
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