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
280 pages Approx. 170 x 244mm - 6¾ x
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