Middleton Warrior T-shirt

£20.00
  • Middleton Warrior T-shirt
  • Middleton Warrior T-shirt
  • Middleton Warrior T-shirt
  • Middleton Warrior T-shirt

Design based on the Anglo-Saxon Middleton Warrior cross shaft. The remains of at least seven stone crosses dating from the 9th-10th century, have been found in and around St. Andrew's church in Middleton, North Yorkshire, England. The most famous of these is Middleton 2, a ring-headed crass that was removed from the walls of the church in 1948. This shows a seated human wearing a conical helmet and a sheathed knife on his belt. The warrior is surrounded by his weapons: a spear, sword, and shield.

The reverse of the cross-shalt shows a ribbon-like beast in profile, which has been regarded as an incompetent attempt at the Scandinavian Jelling style. Three of the other cross fragments depict similar warrior figures, and one is also decorated with a Jelling style beast.The warrior character on the Middleton cross has been the subject of much debate. Traditionally, it was seen as showing a Viking warrior, lying in a grave surrounded by his weapons, as one would expect a pagan to be buried. However,more recent interpretations have instead regarded it as depicting a Viking lord, seated on a throne, which would account for the warrior's short legs and for two otherwise unexplained circular pellets above the warrior's shoulders (interpreted as the top of the throne).

The juxtaposition of a Viking warrior with a Christian cross has made the Middleton cross a favourite illustration in works on the Vikings in England and neatly demonstrates the rapid conversion of Scandinavian settlers to Christianity and the fusing of cultures that took place in northern England after the 9th century settlement.