Anglo-Saxon

Detail of the Lindisfarne Gospels, f.27r (c) British Library Board.

The British Library’s new exhibition is a star-studded tour of the Anglo-Saxons at their most eloquent.

Winfarthing pendant, early seventh century, found in a woman's grave in Norfolk, 2015.

Often lost behind stories of kings, queens, bishops and saints, what was life like for an Anglo-Saxon woman below the upper ranks of society?

Here be monsters: a centaur, or homodubius, from Wonders of the East in the Nowell Codex, c.1000.

The worst monsters to the Anglo-Saxon mind were those who thought like humans but chose to act differently.

The medical advice in Bald’s Leechbook outlasted the language in which it was written.

The real and mythical dangers of the wilderness.

Cutting and loading wood: from an Anglo-Saxon calendar page for July, 11th century

The beginning of another year provides Eleanor Parker with an opportunity to reflect on a meditation on time that combines exquisite Old English poetry with early medieval science.  

The Anglo-Saxons (first published 1982).

A leading Anglo-Saxon scholar, whose influence will be felt for generations to come.

Simon Keynes argues that the reign of the famously incompetent king, who died in London a thousand years ago, is in need of reappraisal.

Though he was king for just 222 days, the life and legacy of Edmund II, who ascended to the English throne 1,000 years ago this year, remain impressive, claims David McDermott.

'Eoelred rex': silver pennies bearing Ethelred the Unready's name and portrait, 10th century.

Far from a static system, Anglo-Saxon personal names reflected societal changes.