Recommended Reading List
Anglo-Saxon England. Sir Frank Stenton. Published: Oxford Paperbacks. 2001 (Third Edition). ISBN 978 019801395. The essential reference book.
The Anglo-Saxons. Edited James Campbell. Published: Penguin. 1991. ISBN 978 014014395. An introduction to the history of Anglo-Saxon England covering political, religious, cultural, social, legal and economic matters with reference to source material and with photographs and illustrations.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. The Authentic Voice of England from the Time of Julius Caesar to the Coronation of Henry II. Translated and collated Anne Savage. Published: Colour Library Direct Ltd. 1996. ISBN 978 1858334783. An illustrated edition based on the translation of four major manuscripts.
The Anglo-Saxon World, an Anthology. Edited and Translated Kevin Crossley- Holland. Published: Oxford Paperbacks. 2009. ISBN 9780199538713. A collection of Old English texts-chronicles, laws, letters, charters, charms and poems – translated into modern English with an introduction.
A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse. Edited by Richard Hamer. Published: Faber and Faber. 2006. ISBN 978 0571228362. Examples of Anglo-Saxon verse – The Battle of Maldon, The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer, The Seafarer etc. – in Old English with parallel modern English translation.
Wordcraft: New English to Old English Dictionary and Thesaurus. Stephen Pollington. Published: Anglo-Saxon Books. 2009. ISBN 978 1898281535. provides a basic introduction to the vocabulary of Old English in a usable format aimed at those who wish to compose original work in Old English.
In Search of the Dark Ages. Michael Wood. Published: British Broadcasting Corporation. 2006. ISBN 978 0563522768. An introduction to The Sutton Hoo man, Offa, Alfred the Great, Athelstan, Eric Bloodaxe, Ethelred the Unready.
Daily Life in Anglo-Saxon England. Sally Crawford. Published: Greenwood World Publishing. 2009. ISBN 978 1846450136. A discussion of the daily lives of ordinary men, women and children in Anglo-Saxon England: The Anglo-Saxons in England; society, taxes and administration; housing and households; population density and life expectancy; food and drink; clothing and appearance; trade and travel; death and religion; health, sickness and survival; slaves, criminals and outcasts; and conquest and conclusions.
The Year 1000. An Englishman’s Year. Robert Lacy and Danny Danziger. Published: Abacus. 2003. ISBN 978 0349113067. An insight into the daily life of ordinary men and women in the year 1000 month by month with illustrations taken from the “Labour of the Months” the Julius calendar produced at Canterbury in Kent.
1066. The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry. Andrew Bridgford. Published: Harper Perennial. 2004. ISBN 184115041X. Despite its superficial Norman viewpoint, the author reveals some of the hidden meaning of the Tapestry recording a very different story from the English viewpoint.
Anglo-Saxon Pottery and the Settlement of England. J.N.L.Myres. Published: Oxford at the Clarendon Press. 1969.
One of the most important books on a much neglected subject.
Anglo-Saxon Animal Art and its Germanic Background George Speake. Published: Clarendon Press Oxford. 1980 ISBN 0-19-813194-1. Anglo-Saxon Art of the 6th and 7th centuries. Mainly ‘the decoration of personal jewellery, belt-fittings, brooches, pendants, weapons,’ drinking horns etc.
First Steps in Old English Stephen Pollington. Published: Anglo-Saxon Books. ISBN 978-1-898281-19-1. Has achieved something like classic status.
The Beginnings of English Society Dorothy Whitelock. Penguin Books. 1952/1974. Essential reading.
The Mead-Hall, Stephen Pollington. Anglo-Saxon Books 2003. ISBN 1-898281-30-0. The Mead-Hall was the centre of early English culture.
Bede: A History of the English Church & People, Penguin Books, 1968. Bede (c AD 673-735). Bede “set himself to examine all available records, to secure verbal or written accounts from reliable living authorities, to record local traditions and stories, to interpret significant events, and, in short, to compile as complete and continuous a history of the English Church and people as lay within his power.” The views and records of this Anglo-Saxon writer should not be too easily dismissed.
A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, J.R. Clark Hall, University of Toronto Press, 1894
Runic and Heroic Poems of the Old Teutonic Peoples, Ed. Bruce Dickins, Cambridge, 1915/1968. Includes Runic Poems, Waldhere, Finn, Deor and Hildebrand.
Byrhtferth’s Manuel (A.D. 1011), Ed. S.J.Crawford, OUP, 1929/1966.