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The Life and Times of Hengest 
Bryan Evans
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 summarised.

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, Waldere.

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 of Hengest.

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 Stone
The Ansell-Roper 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 it?

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 object.

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 Leofwin

Matt Love 

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 unit
Quick-reference Grammar Guide
New English to Old English Vocabulary
Old English to New English Vocabulary
Audio soundtrack free from the Anglo-Saxon Books website:
(side bar 'OE audio')
Background information on the Anglo-Saxon way-of-life.

£14.95 Illustrated in colour throughout. Paperback.
Approx. 8½ x 11 inches - 22 x 28cm

Woden's Warriors
Warfare, Beliefs, Arms & Armour in Northern Europe during the 6-7th Centuries

Paul Mortimer

This book explores some of the ideas and resources used by warriors in Anglo-Saxon England and Northern Europe during the 6th and 7th centuries.  

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.

£39 Over 300 illustrations. Large format approx. 30x30cm - 12x12inches

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Plain English
A Wealth of Words

Bryan Evans

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.



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