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The Life and Times of Hengest
Here is the tale of Hengest set
against the end of Roman rule in Britain and the beginning of
the Anglo-Saxon conquest.
The book begins with an overview
of the wider European stage. Then, events in Britain are looked
at through the words of Gildas, Bede, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
and Historia Brittonum. What information can be gleaned from them
and how reliable are they? What impact have modern genetic studies
had on our understanding of the age of migration? The main arguments
concerning the extent of Anglo-Saxon migration are conveniently
Part two provides a cultural setting for Hengest and includes
information about warcraft and beliefs. An account of early English
poetry outlines of some of the tales that formed part of the matter
of the poet: the tales of Offa of Angeln, Heoden and Hild, Welund,
Part three includes the Finnsburg Fragment, the Anglo-Saxon poem
that tells of Hengest. Using clues from this and other sources
the author has wrought two 'Anglo-Saxon' poems, telling the tale
Includes 7 maps and 10 drawings by the author.
£14.95 280 pages Approx. 170 x 244mm
- 6¾ x 9½ inches
Remaking the Sutton Hoo
Replica and its Context
Paul Mortimer & Stephen Pollington
The 7th century ship burial at Sutton Hoo contains many
enigmatic objects, none more so than the beautifully-worked stone
with metal fittings. It is often referred to as a 'sceptre' or
'whetstone' but it may be neither.
The techniques used in making the stone and fitments display exceptional
craftsmanship. So why were considerable resources devoted to creating
The making of a museum quality replica stone has provided new
information and fresh insights which may help us answer many of
the questions that have been asked about this beautiful and puzzling
The techniques used in making the stone are explained as is the
geometry embedded within the overall design. There is also a critical
review of the existing literature on the subject and a series
of essays on aspects of Anglo-Saxon society that may be related
to the making of the original stone.
£19.95, 196 pages, Paperback,
Illustrations - 106 black & white: 33 colour
Learn Old English with
This is a new approach to learning Old English as a living
language. Leofwin and his family are your guides through six lively,
entertaining, topic-based units. New vocabulary and grammar are
presented in context, step by step, so that younger readers and
non-language specialists can feel engaged rather than intimidated.
The author has complemented the text with a wealth of illustrations
throughout. This volume is the first part of the course.
Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills addressed in each
Quick-reference Grammar Guide
New English to Old English Vocabulary
Old English to New English Vocabulary
Audio soundtrack free from the Anglo-Saxon
(side bar 'OE
Background information on the Anglo-Saxon way-of-life.
£14.95 Illustrated in colour throughout.
Approx. 8½ x 11 inches - 22 x 28cm
Warfare, Beliefs, Arms & Armour in Northern
Europe during the 6-7th Centuries
This book explores some of the ideas and resources used by warriors
in Anglo-Saxon England and Northern Europe during the 6th and
The aim of this book is to provide a glimpse of what it was like
to be part of a warrior society. The author looks in detail at
the weapons and armour used, and the attitudes and beliefs that
inspired the warriors and shaped their societies.
Over 300 illustrations. Large format approx. 30x30cm - 12x12inches
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A Wealth of Words
Plain English has its roots in the language spoken by the English
1000 and more years ago. It is a beautiful language which fosters
clear thought and speech. It is a language for those who like
to say much with few words. Plain English is found in the King
James Bible; it is in the works of Jane Austen; it is in the speeches
of Abraham Lincoln and Churchill.
The aim of this book is to help readers find plain English words
for what they want to say. First it outlines the story of English
and then it offers ‘A hundred words to start you off’
(shorten rather than abbreviate, speed up instead of accelerate,
drive home rather than emphasize, and so on). In the main part
of the book will be found over 10,000 plain English words that
are still alive and well, then a list of some 3,600 borrowed words,
with suggestions about English words we might use instead. It
is hoped that this book will help readers think about the words
they use, and in doing so speak and write more clearly.