Historian and archaeologist Alex Langland is best known for his work alongside Ruth Goodman and Peter Ginn on Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm and Wartime Farm. He will talk about his new book, Craeft.
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 Langland 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.