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Uth to LulFrom Alcuin to Ethelred King of NorthumbriaFrom Charlemagne to Offa King of MerciaFrom Radbrod Prior of St Samson's at Dol to King ÆthelstanCaedmon's hymnAdvent lyrics I II and VIIThe dream of the roodDurhamBede's death songLife of King Alfred extractPreface to St Gregory's Pastoral careA collouyThe passion of St EdmundThirty one riddlesA grant of land at CreditonAn estate memorandum duties and peruisitesA marriage agreementA manumissionThe will of King AlfredThree charmsBald's Leechbook extractExcerpt from the PhoenixThe pantherThe whaleThe sermon of the wolf to the EnglishThe fortunes of me. Loved every page of this wonderful collection Apart from heroic poems laws elegies explorer s accounts stories about saints lives riddles charters and wills charms and remedies allegories and sermons it also contains my new favourite translation of Beowulf The Homelanders (The Homelanders, roodDurhamBede's death songLife of King Alfred extractPreface to St Gregory's Pastoral careA collouyThe passion of St EdmundThirty one Lila and Alex short story. X-Rated. riddlesA grant of land at CreditonAn estate memorandum duties and peruisitesA marriage agreementA manumissionThe will of King AlfredThree charmsBald's Leechbook extractExcerpt from the PhoenixThe pantherThe whaleThe sermon of the wolf to the EnglishThe fortunes of me. Loved every page of this wonderful collection Apart from heroic poems laws elegies explorer s accounts stories about saints lives Burning Attraction riddles charters and wills charms and The Numbers Game remedies allegories and sermons it also contains my new favourite translation of Beowulf

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Of WihtredTrial by ordealCanute's letter to the people of EnglandThe Anglo Saxon chronicle Vortigern's invitation 449 ; Cynewulf and Cyneheard 757 ; Fiery dragons in Northumbria 793 ; Ashdown and other engagements 878 ; King Alfred and Guthrum 878 ; Stamford Bridge and Hastings 1066The wandererThe seafarerThe wife's lamentThe husband's messageWulfThe ruinOhthere's voyage to the white seaWulfstan's visit to EstoniaBeowulfKing Edwin's councilCaedmon's visionCuthbert's death and disintermentBede on himselfFrom Pope Gregory I to CandidusFrom Boniface to Fulrad Abbot of St DenisFrom Cuthbert Abbot of Wearmo. This book is an anthology of writings from the Anglo Saxon period of British literature The texts run the range from allegories and sermons to heroic epics and legal documents Of course excerpts from The Anglo Saxon Chronicle are included The highlight is a full translation of Beowulf into modern EnglishThe period run from AD 400s when the Romans departed from the British Isles to 1066 when the Normans made their conuest The book is not in chronological order however Different topics are grouped together The book contains plenty of non fiction including slightly boring legal documents which do give interesting insights into how people thought and what they expected in that time Letters and histories also show what people were like Poetry both heroic and Christian though not always both at the same time show the society s ideals of manhood and decent behavior A bigger picture emerges from the variety of writingsSeveral themes emerge from the texts The Anglo Saxons had an ongoing tension between their pagan roots and the Christian influence begun by Augustine of Canterbury who started evangelizing in 597 The pagan notion of Fate a fixed outcome for everyone s lives and for certain events is put alongside divine providence where the Judeo Christian God lets people choose their actions freely but with the aid of grace Beowulf is fated to fight Grendel Grendel s vengeful mother and a dragon though he is empowered by his Christian faith to fight these demonic forces Even with these elements the epic poem is not Christian propaganda just a rollicking good story of an amazing hero The contrasting elements are held side by side and only make the story intriguing Legal documents invoke the Lord s blessing and ancient law and custom as they lay down legal precedents land claims and marriage contracts The Anglo Saxon society was a fascinating blend of cultures and ideasThis book is a a great survey of primary sources from Britain s Anglo Saxon periodHighly recommended The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory ruinOhthere's voyage to the white seaWulfstan's visit to EstoniaBeowulfKing Edwin's councilCaedmon's visionCuthbert's death and disintermentBede on himselfFrom Pope Gregory I to CandidusFrom Boniface to Fulrad Abbot of St DenisFrom Cuthbert Abbot of Wearmo. This book is an anthology of writings from the Anglo Saxon period of British literature The texts The Big Golden Book of Poetry run the Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, run from AD 400s when the Romans departed from the British Isles to 1066 when the Normans made their conuest The book is not in chronological order however Different topics are grouped together The book contains plenty of non fiction including slightly boring legal documents which do give interesting insights into how people thought and what they expected in that time Letters and histories also show what people were like Poetry both heroic and Christian though not always both at the same time show the society s ideals of manhood and decent behavior A bigger picture emerges from the variety of writingsSeveral themes emerge from the texts The Anglo Saxons had an ongoing tension between their pagan Homewrecker rollicking good story of an amazing hero The contrasting elements are held side by side and only make the story intriguing Legal documents invoke the Lord s blessing and ancient law and custom as they lay down legal precedents land claims and marriage contracts The Anglo Saxon society was a fascinating blend of cultures and ideasThis book is a a great survey of primary sources from Britain s Anglo Saxon periodHighly Make your own model forts & castles recommended

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Beowulf The Battle of Maldon The Dream of the Rood The Wanderer and The Seafarer are among the greatest surviving Anglo Saxon poems They and many their treasures are included in The Anglo Saxon World hronicles laws and letters charters and charms and above ll superb poems Here is a word picture of a people who came to these islands as pagans and yet within two hundred years had become Christians to such effect that England was the centre of missionary endeavour and for a time the heart of European civilization IncludesDeorThe Finnesburh fragmentWaldereThe battle of MaldonThe battle of BrunanburhThe laws. A very good collection of uite a wide range of Anglo Saxon verse including Beowulf and other less known texts They re good translations if I might presume to judge they re readable they have good flow and so far as I can tell it s been a while since I did Anglo Saxon they re accurateMostly needed this for my essay but I m glad I picked it up and looked through the rest Tall man riding. range of Anglo Saxon verse including Beowulf and other less known texts They The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory re good translations if I might presume to judge they The Big Golden Book of Poetry re Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, re accurateMostly needed this for my essay but I m glad I picked it up and looked through the


About the Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley Holland is a well known poet and prize winning author for children His books include Waterslain Angels a detective story set in north Norfolk in 1955 and Moored Man A Cycle of North Norfolk Poems; Gatty's Tale a medieval pilgrimage novel; and the Arthur trilogy The Seeing Stone At the Crossing Places and King of the Middle March which combines historical fiction with the re



10 thoughts on “The Anglo Saxon World An Anthology

  1. says:

    Contains a large proportion of all Anglo Saxon poetry including Beowulf the Dream of the Rood the cross that Christ was crucified on tells us about it's day Deor the Wanderer the Battle of Maldon Saxons trap Vikings on a tidal island and are picking them off one by one until the Vikings say 'real men would fight us man to man' the Saxons think this a fair point and feeling embarrassed about their deficiency in manline

  2. says:

    Reading this book has been a lengthy business because I keep returning to read passages and pieces that have become favourites within this lovely book; especially “The Ruin” Hence it’s been a difficult book to ‘finish’ I’m not so m

  3. says:

    A very good collection of uite a wide range of Anglo Saxon verse including Beowulf and other less known texts They're good translations if I might presume to judge they're readable they have good flow and so far as I can tell it's been a while since I did Anglo Saxon they're accurateMostly needed this for my essay but I'm glad I picked it up and looked through the rest

  4. says:

    The works in this anthology included every type of primary source wills charters epic poems like Beowulf sermons letters etc I especially enjoyed the riddles and the poems of the Battle of Maldon and The Wanderer The translations of all the works were excellent It brought a modern understanding to the ancient texts without seeming too modern I felt like Alfred the Great Bede and others even Canute were full of feeling and intellig

  5. says:

    A wide selection of poetry epic battle literature charms letters laws charters and almost everything else from the Anglo Saxon ageI have only read parts of the entire compilation of works in the anthology The content is hugely varied ranging from Beowulf to letters from the Pope to Saxon Kings and naughty riddles including my favourite short poem ‘The Wanderer’ in which a Warrior laments the loss of the brotherhood of his friends and f

  6. says:

    This book is an anthology of writings from the Anglo Saxon period of British literature The texts run the range from allegories and sermons to heroic epics and legal documents Of course excerpts from The Anglo Saxon Chronicle are included The highlight is a full translation of Beowulf into modern EnglishThe period run from

  7. says:

    Loved every page of this wonderful collection Apart from heroic poems laws elegies explorer's accounts stories about saints' lives riddles charters and wills charms and remedies allegories and sermons it also conta

  8. says:

    As far as anthologies go this is just fine It was a great way to find out what I want to read of

  9. says:

    As an introduction to English literature this is the place to start The Anglo Saxon Chronicle itself is an interesting document in that we have the beginnings of what life in England was like once Rome decided keeping that far flung frontier g

  10. says:

    This is the book that got me hooked on the Oxford World Classics series which has not yet failed to provide beautiful translations where even the densest language becomes clearly understandable all the while still keeping the integrity of the original work The Anglo Saxon World gives a sweeping introduction into the literature of the Anglo Saxons while providing short commentary that places each work into historical perspective W

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