Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms at the British Library is perhaps the most significant display in recent times

In this week’s Spectator magazine The first thing that greets you is a small figurine called ‘Spong Man’, dating to the 6th century and unearthed at a pagan burial site in Norfolk. Carved on to the lid of an urn, he looks like a middle-aged man sat down in his chair contemplating his worries. Spong Man represents a quite mysterious, distant world and the page only lights up with the arrival of Christianity from 597, which brought with it… Read on