The Sword in Anglo-Saxon
from the 5th to 7th century
Paul Mortimer and Matt Bunker
The contributors to this book bring
their practical and academic knowledge to an exploration of new
ideas and information about the making and use of swords in the
early Anglo-Saxon period. They provide an insight to the symbolism
of swords, their decoration and place in society. Other items
carried and worn by warriors are similarly treated.
There is an extensive survey of writings about swords from the Early
Middle Ages, together with discussions on the way swords may have
been used and worn. There is a chapter about the language of the
sword and runic associations. Several modern sword-smiths have
contributed knowledge gained from forging weapons. In addition to
those who have contributed essays, there are many scholars, smiths,
craftspeople, re-enactors and others who have added to the ideas,
theories and discussions presented in this book.
Illustrations: 180 colour, 76 B&W.
Large format approx. 20x25cm -
8 x10 inches 478 pages
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
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, 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
£14.95 280 pages
Approx. 170 x 244mm - 6¾ x
The Battle of Maldon
Text and Translation
Translated and edited by Bill Griffiths
The Battle of Maldon was fought between
the Englishmen of Essex and Danes in AD 991. The action was captured
in an Anglo-Saxon poem whose vividness and heroic spirit has fascinated
readers and scholars for generations. The Battle of Maldon includes
the source text; edited text; parallel literal translation; verse
translation; notes on pronunciation; review of 103 books and articles.
This new edition includes notes on Old English verse.
* The edited Old English text and parallel literal Modern English
translation is intended to be of help to those learning Old English.
Dark Age Naval Power
A re-assessment of Frankish and Anglo-Saxon
In the first edition of
this work, published in 1991, John Haywood argued that the capabilities
of the pre-Viking Germanic seafarers had been greatly underestimated.
Since that time, his reassessment of Frankish and Anglo-Saxon
shipbuilding and seafaring has been widely praised and accepted.
‘The book remains a historical study of the first order.
It is required reading for our seminar on medieval seafaring at
Texas A & M University and is essential reading for anyone
interested in the subject.’
F. H. Van Doorninck,
The American Neptune
‘The author has done a fine job, and his clear and strongly
put theories will hopefully further the discussion of this important
part of European history.’
Arne Emil Christensen,
The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
‘Writing a comprehensive history of the clandestine
activities of preliterate Dark Age societies is an ambitious task
and this book is a remarkable achievement.’
In this second edition, some sections of the
book have been revised and updated to include information gained
from excavations and sea trials with sailing replicas of early
ships. The new evidence lends weight to the author’s argument
that early Germanic shipbuilding and seafaring skills were far
more advanced than previously thought. It also supports the view
that Viking ships and seaborne activities were not as revolutionary
as is commonly believed.
£16·95 hardback 224 pages
The English Warrior from
earliest times till 1066
Anglo-Saxon warriors, weapons and warfare
This important work is not intended to be
a bald listing of the battles and campaigns from the Anglo-Saxon
Chronicle and other sources, but rather it is an attempt to get
below the surface of Anglo-Saxon warriorhood and to investigate
the rites, social attitudes, mentality and mythology of the warfare
of those times.
Not available - Out of Print - Revised version
£14·95 272 pages
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