Cross Purposes: an introduction to mediaeval Manx crosses
by Sara Goodwins
Paperback 32 pages
Published by Loaghtan Books
The Isle of Man is noted for is its collection of stone crosses carved out of local slate and
decorated with swirling designs and fantastic beasts. Christian symbols, they also carry the sagas and language of pagan Viking invaders.
For centuries the crosses stood majestically in the landscape braving the weather and changing
fashions. Often they were the most striking man-made features in the Manx countryside.
Today most of the ancient crosses have been given sheltered accommodation in their old age.
Yet, for something so famous quite a lot is still tantalisingly obscure. Who raised the crosses and
why? How were they carved? Where did the stone come from? What do they mean? And do other countries have similar memorials?
This book explores and explains the stories behind these enigmas of the Manx landscape.