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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

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.

£5·95




Dark Age Naval Power
A re-assessment of Frankish and Anglo-Saxon seafaring activity.


John Haywood


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.’
Gillian Hutchinson, Mariner's Mirror

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

Stephen Pollington


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.

"An under-the-skin study of the role, rights, duties, psyche and rituals of the Anglo-Saxon warrior. The author combines original translations from Norse and Old English primary sources with archaeological and linguistic evidence for an in-depth look at the warrior, his weapons, tactics and logistics. A very refreshing, innovative and well-written piece of scholarship that illuminates a neglected period of English history."
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Appendices offer original translations of the three principal Old English military poems, the battles of Maldon, Finnsburh and Brunanburh

Not available - Out of Print - Revised version being prepared


£14·95  272 pages


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