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The Anglo-Saxon World by Kevin Crossley-Holland
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Jan 24, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 20, 2010 to January 23, 2011

A very helpful anthology that does NOT contain any Old English (purposely). A quick way to get a feel of a broad yet shallow spectrum of Anglo Saxon materials. Riddles, elegies, charms and remedies, allegories, charters, tracts, and wills... There are complete, less-than-poetic translations of heroic poems... Beowulf, Maldon, Deor; the Seafarer... This is THE pocket-sized paperback intro reader that gets newbies of Anglo-Saxon connected to some juicy original sources in translation: Alfred, Bede...Bald's Leechbook...and even Asser's Life of Alfred, which though written in Latin and so is not Old English, does belong in an an Anthology of the Anglo-Saxon world.

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