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Craeft

Craeft

Last 3 in stock
ISBN
9780571324408
Published
02/11/2017
9780571324408
Format
Hardback
Price
£20.00
Paperback
352

About the Book

In a period of meaningless mass manufacturing, our growing appetite for hand-made objects, artisan food, and craft beverages reveals our deep cravings for tradition and quality. But there was a time when craft meant something very different; the Old English word cræft possessed an almost indefinable sense of knowledge, wisdom, and power. In this fascinating book, historian and popular broadcaster Alex Langlands goes in search of the mysterious lost meaning of cræft. Through a vibrant series of mini-histories, told with his trademark energy and charm, Langlands resurrects the ancient craftspeople who fused exquisite skill with back-breaking labour—and passionately defends the renewed importance of cræft today.
In a period of meaningless mass manufacturing, our growing appetite for hand-made objects, artisan food, and craft beverages reveals our deep cravings for tradition and quality. But there was a time when craft meant something very different; the Old English word cræft possessed an almost indefinable sense of knowledge, wisdom, and power. In this fascinating book, historian and popular broadcaster Alex Langlands goes in search of the mysterious lost meaning of cræft. Through a vibrant series of mini-histories, told with his trademark energy and charm, Langlands resurrects the ancient craftspeople who fused exquisite skill with back-breaking labour—and passionately defends the renewed importance of cræft today.
“‘Using a combination of memoir, history and cultural commentary Langlands makes a coherent and enjoyable argument for “not just a knowledge of making but a knowledge of being”. Along the way he makes hay, fashions a skep (and its shelter) to keep bees and thatches a roof for a cattle shed – and it’s work as hard as it is rewarding. But his conclusion is that with a little craeft in our lives we can all be a bit more resourceful, ingenious and contemplative – and it’ll do us good to be so.'”
- Observer
“‘An account of ancient skills and the mindset of the world that needed them.’”
- Lucy Mangan, Daily Telegraph