Book Description: Handed down through generations of storytellers, the popular tales of Anglo-Saxon England herald the birth of a national literature in which the language of the people, rather than the Latin of scholars, came into its own.
Written down by kings, scribes and saints, these tales are a rich cross-section of early English life: peace-treaty, trial by ordeal, a witch’s drowning. The story of Saint Guthlac presents an often humorous account of trials and tribulations endured by a moody young nobleman converted to the contemplative life of a hermit in East Anglia. Great figures of the past and their brave deeds were King Alfred’s inspiration when he embarked on his series of historical and philosophical writings; these included a vivid account of the English seafarers’ adventures in the Arctic North. Practical advice is given to estate managers, and on gem-stones, on herbal remedies, or the development of the foetus. Apollonius is a forerunner of the great medieval romances, whilst there are instructions on the sign language to be used by dumb monks; lists of religious relics. A unique collection, with introduction and notes.
Publisher: The Choir Press
Height (mm): 229
Width (mm): 152
Author(s): Michael Swanton and Michael Swanton