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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 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.
£16.95, 196 pages, Paperback,
Illustrations - 106 black & white: 33 colour
Learn Old English with Leofwin
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
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 Books website:
(side bar 'OE
Background information on the Anglo-Saxon
£14.95 Illustrated in colour throughout.
Approx. 8½ x 11 inches - 22 x 28cm
Plain English -
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.