8. Masculinity

  1. Jacqueline Stodnick and
  2. Renée R. Trilling
  1. D. M. Hadley

Published Online: 4 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch8

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

How to Cite

Hadley, D. M. (2012) Masculinity, in A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies (eds J. Stodnick and R. R. Trilling), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch8

Author Information

  1. University of Sheffield, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 28 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330199

Online ISBN: 9781118328828



  • masculinity, social resonance of swords, practical and symbolic significance;
  • masculinity in Anglo-Saxon England, the sword and masculine aspirations/identity;
  • material culture, swords in reinforcing and challenging masculine identity;
  • life cycle of swords, from manufacture, to deposition or disposal;
  • swords, forms of material culture, interdisciplinary on Anglo-Saxon masculinity;
  • “object biography,” within material culture studies from anthropology;
  • women as taboo during smelting, involving greater ritualization of metalworking;
  • Weland and Sigurd serving iconographically in artistic context as “types of Christ”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Approaches to Masculinity in Anglo-Saxon England

  • Manufacturing Swords, Making Men

  • Possessing Swords, Acquiring Status

  • Adorning and Protecting Swords

  • Deposition of Swords and the Re-creation of Masculinity

  • The Victims of Swords and the Destruction of Masculinity

  • Conclusions

  • Notes

  • References