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The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in TranslationThe Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation
Greg Delanty & Michael Matto, eds.
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Encompassing a wide range of voices the 123 poems collected in The Word Exchange complement the portrait of medieval England that emerges from Beowulf, the most famous Anglo-Saxon poem of all. Brought to life by an all-star cast of contemporary poets, this wonderful collection offers tales of battle, travel, and adventure, but also songs of heartache and longing, as well as, seven "hoards" of delightfully puzzling riddles. The Word Exchange is a landmark work of translation, as fascinating and multivocal as the original literature it translates.
     

 
King Alfred's English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We DoKing Alfred's English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do
Laurie J. White
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One needs only to glance at Chaucer, or even further back at Beowulf, to see that English has not always what we call English. Divided into the major epochs of the language--Pre-English Britain, Old English (which was formed from an invasion of Latin & Old Norse), The Transition from Middle to Modern English, and finally Modern English--this casual re-telling of history will engross you. Mingling history, religion, famous people, and linguistics, the story of English is integrated into the story of Western History. 150 pages, softcover. Supplemental material is available online (website in book) for chapter worksheets, unit tests, links, and suggested movies.
     

 
The Battle of Hastings: The Fall of Anglo-Saxon EnglandThe Battle of Hastings: The Fall of Anglo-Saxon England
Harriet Harvey Wood
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A compelling and contrary account of the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066-the most famous day in English history.

Harriet Harvey Wood's fascinating and accessible book will change forever our view of the Norman conquest of England. Although the prevailing view is that the invaders brought culture and enlightenment to England, Harvey Wood argues that the Normans' aggressive and illegal attack actually destroyed a highly developed civilization with long-established political institutions and sophisticated art forms. The Battle of Hastings explores the background and lead-up to the invasion as well as the motives of the leading players, the state of warfare in England and Normandy in 1066, and the battle itself.

King Harold ought to have won the battle of Hastings and enjoyed a peaceful and enlightened reign; The Battle of Hastings shows that the result could just as easily have gone the other way. This gripping and highly readable book reveals how and why England came to be defeated on October 14, 1066, and what the country lost as a result. 240 pages, hardcover.
     


 
Life in Anglo-Saxon Times DVDLife in Anglo-Saxon Times DVD
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Filmed at Houlgate Village near York, "Life in Anglo-Saxon Times" provides young people with the ideal introduction to known aspects of life duting the Dark Ages. Simply presented, but with authority. Running time: 50 minutes.
     

 
Who in the World Was The Unready King? The Story of  EthelredWho in the World Was The Unready King? The Story of Ethelred
Connie Clark
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Ethelred's mother stood behind him. The archbishop smeared holy oil on Ethelred's shoulders an hands. He gave Ethelred a heavy sword and placed a gold crown on his head. The crown was too big--it fell over his eyes and Ethelred almost dropped the sword on the archbishop's foot.

How did Ethelred become king when he was only ten years old? Discover the intriguing story of Ethelred, England's last Anglo-Saxon king, in Who in the World Was the Unready King? In this engaging biography, Connie Clark tells the tale of Ethelred, the boy king who handed England over to the Vikings. How did Ethelred and his sons lose their country to the northern invaders? Recommended for ages 7 to 12. Paperback, 50 pages.

In the Who in the World series, masterful storytellers re-imagine the lives of important, but often neglected, persons in history. Jed Mickle's ingenious and energetic illustrations give us a fresh look at colorful men and woman of the past.


     

 
Anglo-Saxon ArtAnglo-Saxon Art
Leslie Webster
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From its first manifestations in the metalwork and ceramics of the early settlers, Anglo-Saxon art displays certain inherent and highly distinctive stylistic and iconographic features. Despite the many new influences that were regularly absorbed and adapted by Anglo-Saxon artists and craftsmen, these characteristics continued to resonate through the centuries in the great manuscripts, ivories, metalwork, and sculpture of this inventive and creative culture. Anglo-Saxon Art-which features 140 color and black-and-white illustrations-is arranged thematically while following a broadly chronological sequence. An introduction highlights the character of Anglo-Saxon art, its leitmotifs, and its underlying continuities. Leslie Webster places this art firmly in its wider cultural and political context while also examining the significant conceptual relationship between the visual and literary art of the period. 256 pages, paperback. 140 illustrations. 7.5 x 9.8 in.
     

 
The Anglo-Saxon AgeThe Anglo-Saxon Age
John Blair
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Anglo-Saxon PoetryAnglo-Saxon Poetry
S.A.J. Bradley
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Anglo-Saxon poetry was circulated orally in a preliterate society, and gathered at last into books over some six centuries before the Norman Conquest ended English independence. Against the odds, some of these books survive today. This anthology of prose translations covers most of the surviving poetry, revealing a tradition which is outstanding among early medieval literatures for its sophisticated exploration of the human condition in a mutable, finite, but wonderfully diverse and meaning-filled world.
     

 
The Anglo-SaxonsThe Anglo-Saxons
Patrick Wormald, Eric John
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In this major survey three distinguished historians, James Campbell, Patrick Wormald and Eric John, have produced an exciting introduction to the field. Although the "Lost Centuries" between AD400 and 600 suffer from a scarcity of written sources, and only two writers, King Alfred and the Venerable Bede, dominate our understanding of later times, the authors have created a rich and thought-provoking account of the stormy era when Britain became Christian and sustained several waves of Viking invaders. A single nation, they suggest, slowly emerged from the rivalries and fluctuating fortunes of seperate kingdoms like Mercia, Wessex and East Anglia. Major figures such as Offa, Alfred, Edgar and Cnut are discussed in detail, while the stunning illustrations convey the immense achievements of Anglo-Saxon centuries were 'simply a barbarous prelude to better things'.
     

 
Aelred of Rievaulx: The Historical WorksAelred of Rievaulx: The Historical Works

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Aelred of Rievaulx was an heir of Saxons living under Norman rule, a native speaker of English daily speaking French and Latin, a descendant of generations of married priests in an age when priests were forbidden to wed, an English monk in a French order, an abbot bred to service in the church but trained for service in the court. His sermons and treatises reflect Aelred the monk, the novice-master, and abbot. His historical works--concerned with the political world of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England--seek to explore the past as a guide for the present and assurance of the future. Drawing on the Bible, the Fathers of the Church, classical writers like Cicero, and medieval historians such as the Venerable Bede and Symeon of Durham, Aelred insisted on the importance of history for guiding human action, declaring that the meaning of the past can be known only in the present and that only at the end can one understand the beginning. In this volume are four of Aelred's seven historical works: Lament for David, King of the Scots (1153), The Genealogy of the Kings of the English (1153,1154), The Life of Saint Edward, King and Confessor (1162-63), and The Battle of the Standard (1153-1154).
     

 
The Saga of King Hrolf KrakiThe Saga of King Hrolf Kraki
Jesse Byock
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In the old Norse world, King Hrolf served as a symbol of courage, Sharing rich oral traditions with the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, Hrolf's Saga recounts the tragedy of strife within Denmark's royal hall. It tells of powerful women and the exploits of Hrolf's famous champions- including Bodvar Bjarki, the' bear-warrior', who strikenly resembles Beowulf, Combining heroic legend, myth and magic, Hrolf's Saga is full of wizards, sorceresses, and 'berserkers' fighters, originally members of a cult of Odin. Most startling is the central love triangle: Hrolf's father, a man of insatiable appetites, unknowingly abducts his daughter, who later marries the despised sorcerer King Adils of Sweden.
     

 
Idylls of the KingIdylls of the King
Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Reflecting his lifelong interest in Arthurian themes, his primary sources were Malory's "Morte d'Arthur" and the Welsh "Mabinogion". For him, the "Idylls" embodied the universal and unending war between sense and soul, and Arthur the highest ideals of manhood and kingship; an attitude totally compatible with the moral outlook of his age. This edition, based on the text authorized by Tennyson himself, contains full critical apparatus.
     

 
The Christianization of the Anglo-Saxons, 597-700The Christianization of the Anglo-Saxons, 597-700
Marilyn Dunn
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Drawing on findings from ethnography and anthropology (particularly the new discipline of cognitive anthropology), Dunn throws a fresh light on pagan vs. Christian ideas of death, "imagistic" vs. "doctrinal" views of religion. The book's implications could affect all future studies of the Christianization of Europe. 320 pages, hardcover. Hambledon Continuum.
     

 
Aelred of Rievaulx: The Historical WorksAelred of Rievaulx: The Historical Works

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Aelred of Rievaulx was an heir of Saxons living under Norman rule, a native speaker of English daily speaking French and Latin, a descendant of generations of married priests in an age when priests were forbidden to wed, an English monk in a French order, an abbot bred to service in the church but trained for service in the court. His sermons and treatises reflect Aelred the monk, the novice-master, and abbot. His historical works--concerned with the political world of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England--seek to explore the past as a guide for the present and assurance of the future. Drawing on the Bible, the Fathers of the Church, classical writers like Cicero, and medieval historians such as the Venerable Bede and Symeon of Durham, Aelred insisted on the importance of history for guiding human action, declaring that the meaning of the past can be known only in the present and that only at the end can one understand the beginning. In this volume are four of Aelred's seven historical works: Lament for David, King of the Scots (1153), The Genealogy of the Kings of the English (1153,1154), The Life of Saint Edward, King and Confessor (1162-63), and The Battle of the Standard (1153-1154).
     

 
Ecclesiastical History of the English PeopleEcclesiastical History of the English People
Bede
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Written in AD 731, Bede's work opens with a background sketch of Roman Britain's geography and history. It goes on to tell of the kings and bishops, monks and nuns who helped to develop Anglo-Saxon government and religion during the crucial formative years of the English people. Leo Sherley-Price's translation brings us an accurate and readable version, in modern English, of a unique historical document. This edition now includes Bede's Letter to Egbett concerning pastoral care in early Anglo-Saxon England.
     

 
The Anglo Saxon Literature Handbook - eBookThe Anglo Saxon Literature Handbook - eBook
Mark C. Amodio

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A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies - eBookA Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies - eBook
Jacqueline Stodnick(Ed.) & Renee Trilling(Ed.)

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Anglo-Saxon Christianity: Exploring the Earliest Roots of Christian Spirituality in EnglandAnglo-Saxon Christianity: Exploring the Earliest Roots of Christian Spirituality in England
Paul Cavill
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