200 pages A5 5¾ x 8¼
The tools used in Anglo-Saxon England where
much like those found elsewhere in Europe at that time. They have
been found in graves and buried tool-hoards. Others seem to be
accidental losses or to have been discarded due to wear or damage.
Most are surprisingly like those in use today.
Many excavated tools are chunks of rust which provide little visual
information, so the pictures used here are of reconstructions
that draw on archaeological evidence. Some are accurate reproductions
of specific tools and others are ‘generic reproductions’
in which the general style of the tool is captured. The author
looks at the design and construction of the tools and their social
The reconstructions show the tools as they may have originally
looked. Because of their likeness to the originals, the reconstructions
can be put to practical use and insights gained into their efficiency,
durability and ease of use. This elevates the artefacts from rusty
museum exhibits into functional tools that allow the user to experience
the problems and pleasures of Anglo-Saxons craftsmen.
The tools included here were used for working with wood, leather,
bone, horn, metals, pottery and textiles. They were used in farming,
digging and building.
£16.95 80 colour
& 5 black & white illustrations. 160 pages
170 x 244mm - 6¾
x 9½ inches
- available from 17th February 2014
A Verse translation
of Anglo-Saxon Christian Poetry
Cædmon is the first English poet whose
name survives; thus he stands at the beginning of our literature.
In Bede’s famous account, Cædmon’s nine-line
Genesis hymn brought traditional oral poetry into the realm of
writing some time in the latter half of the seventh century. Over
the next four hundred years, a series of anonymous poets took
up his challenge, producing the richest corpus of literature to
emerge from early medieval Europe. High among their achievements
are the works of those who followed Cædmon’s example
and rewrote the stories of the Old Testament for their own time,
combining Germanic tradition with the Christianity of the Mediterranean
world to create vivid new renditions of the great Bible narratives.
In Exodus, Genesis B, and Judith they produced masterpieces that
rank beside Beowulf as monuments of the era.
This book is the first to represent the Old Testament genre comprehensively
in modern English verse translation, making it available to students
and non-specialist readers in a form that captures much of the
vigour and rhythmic texture of the original poems.
An extensive Introduction and Explanatory Notes aid access to
these unique artefacts of the early medieval world.
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given in 'Learn Old English with Leofwin'
and paying can either be done online
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found in 'Links'