The Anglo-Saxon World

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The Anglo-Saxon World introduces the Anglo-Saxons in their own words — their chronicles, laws and letters, charters and charms, and above all their magnificent poems. Most of the greatest surviving poems are printed here in their entirety: the reader will find the whole of Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, and the haunting elegiac poems. Here is a word picture of a people who came to these islands as pagans, subscribing to the Germanic heroic code, and yet within 200 years had become Christian to such effect that ...
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Overview

The Anglo-Saxon World introduces the Anglo-Saxons in their own words — their chronicles, laws and letters, charters and charms, and above all their magnificent poems. Most of the greatest surviving poems are printed here in their entirety: the reader will find the whole of Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, and the haunting elegiac poems. Here is a word picture of a people who came to these islands as pagans, subscribing to the Germanic heroic code, and yet within 200 years had become Christian to such effect that England was the centre of missionary endeavour and, for a time, the heart of European civilisation.Kevin Crossley-Holland places the poems and prose in context with his skilful interpretation of the Anglo-Saxon world; his translations have been widely acclaimed, and of Beowulf Charles Causley has written 'the poem has at last found its translator'. The many illustrations draw on the splendours of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and jewellery and a wealth of archaeological finds. KEVIN CROSSLEY-HOLLAND is a poet and writer who takes a particular interest in the middle ages and in traditional tale: in addition to his translations from the Anglo-Saxon, he is also the author of versions of the Norse myths.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851158853
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/5/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Heroic Poems
1 Deor 5
2 The Finnesburh Fragment 6
3 Waldere 7
4 The Battle of Maldon 10
5 The Battle of Brunanburh 18
Laws
6 The Laws of Wihtred 25
7 Trial by Ordeal 27
8 Canute's Letter of the People of England 28
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
9 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 (1066) 35
Elegies
10 The Wanderer 47
11 The Seafarer 50
12 The Wife's Lament 52
13 The Husband's Message 54
14 Wulf 55
15 The Ruin 55
Exploration
16 Ohthere's Voyage to the White Sea 61
17 Wulfstan's Visit to Estonia 63
Epic
18 Beowulf 71
The Kingdom of God
19 King Edwin's Council 147
20 Caedmon's Vision 148
21 Cuthbert's Death and Disinterment 150
22 Bede on Himself 157
Greetings in Christ
23 from Pope Gregory I to Candidus 167
24 From Boniface to Fulrad, Abbot of St. Denis 167
25 from Cuthbert, Abbot of Wearmouth, to Lul 168
26 from Alcuin to Ethelred, King of Northumbria 169
27 from Charlemagne to Offa, King of Mercia 172
28 from Radbrod, Prior of St. Samson's at Dol, to King AEthelstan 173
Christian Poems
29 Caedmon's Hymn 179
30 Advent Lyrics I, II and VII 179
31 The Dream of the Rood 182
32 Durham 185
33 Bede's Death Song 186
Example and Exhortation
34 Life of King Alfred (extract) 193
35 Preface to St. Gregory's Pastoral Care 197
36 A Colloquy 198
37 The Passion of St. Edmund 204
I Saw a Strange Creature ...
38 Thirty-One Riddles 213
Charters, Tracts and Wills
39 A Grant of Land at Crediton 229
40 An Estate Memorandum: Duties and Perquisites 230
41 A Marriage Agreement 233
42 A Manumission 234
43 The Will of King Alfred 234
Charms and Remedies
44 Three Charms 243
45 Bald's Leechbook (extract) 244
Allegory
46 from The Phoenix 253
47 The Panther 255
48 The Whale 257
Sermon
49 The Sermon of the Wolf to the English 265
Destiny
50 The Fortunes of Men 275
Illustration and Source Acknowledgements 276
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