The Anglo-Saxon World

The Anglo-Saxon World : An Anthology

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Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer, and The Seafarer are among the greatest surviving Anglo-Saxon poems. They, and many other treasures, are included in The Anglo-Saxon World: chronicles, laws and letters, charters and charms, and above all superb poems. Here is a word picture of a people who came to these islands as pagans and yet within two hundred years had become Christians, to such effect that England was the centre of missionary endeavour and, for a time, the heart of European civilization. Kevin Crossley-Holland places poems and prose in context with his skilful interpretation of the Anglo-Saxon world; his translations have been widely acclaimed, and of Beowulf the poet Charles Causley has written, 'the poem has at last found its translator'.show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 25.4mm | 68.04g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192835475
  • 9780192835475
  • 884,184

Table of contents

Includes: The Wanderer; The Seafarer; Beowulf; The Battle of Malden; and other poems, prose passages, tracts, and sermonsshow more

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"A very pleasant anthology which presents the most important texts from the Anglo-Saxon period in good modern English translations....The reflections are wonderful and invite every reader to plunge into the world of pre-conquest England. It is a hndy treasure which students will cherish."--A. Classen, University of Arizona"An excellent anthology with fine translations."--Roy M. Liuzza, Tulane University"A very impressive collection that paints a complete picture of a key part of our cultural heritage."--Bruce L. Sublett, Angelina College"The introductions to the various chapters are well-written and informative. Overall, an excellent resource for an undergraduate course in Medieval English Literature."--Philip A. Genetti, Ph.D., Emmanuel CollegeA well-chosen collection of prose and poetic texts clearly translated into modern English. An admirable companion to the study of the original texts in a beginning course in Old English."--Robert Kellogg, University of Virginiashow more

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