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The English Church and the Continent in the Tenth and Eleventh CenturiesCultural, Spiritual, and Artistic Exchanges$
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Veronica Ortenberg

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201595

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201595.001.0001

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(p.264) Conclusion
The English Church and the Continent in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries

Veronica Ortenberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. This work is a study of the European connections of the English Church. But the considerable role of the national heritage from the early Anglo-Saxon period in the cultural, liturgical, devotional, and artistic fields must never be forgotten or overlooked. The English attitude in this respect was one of pride in both past and contemporary achievements, even when the English regarded some foreign cultural features as superior to their own. Hence, the borrowing of Continental elements, when it took place, was never indiscriminate, but prompted by a deliberate choice: some areas of influence appeared to be more appropriate than others at particular times. The choice to take or leave, as well as how much to take and how to incorporate it within the English tradition, was an ever-present one.

Keywords:   English Church, cultural communication, national heritage, Anglo-Saxon period

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