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Wuffing Education

The Old English Heroic Age

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with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 11th March 2006

Rediscover the almost forgotten legends from the prehistory of the English and of the Wuffings through an exploration of the surviving texts and fragments in Old English and related Germanic and Norse heroic literature.

W e begin with a look at the epic which provides our best surviving window onto the Old English Heroic Age, Beowulf. Through this and related texts and manuscript fragments, especially the catalogue poem Widsith, we can glimpse the richness of the great word-hoard of heroic verse in early England and of the width of its historical and geographical scope.

It becomes clear that much more such verse must have existed but has since been lost. We can partly map some this lost literature, however, through a consideration of comparative texts in other Germanic and Norse languages. We shall attempt thus to chart something of the legends and verse associated with the Goths and the Wuffings.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 An Introduction to the World of Beowulf  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 Widsith and Old English Heroic Age  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Lost Legends of the Goths  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Forgotten Verse of the Wuffings  
  16:15 Close  

About Speaker Title

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D in 1991 and his first book, The Origins of Beowulf was published in 1993. He is a Director of Wuffing Education and Time Team historian and has been researching, lecturing, and writing on Wuffing and Early Medieval Studies for many years. His latest book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M. (tr.), The Earliest English Poems (Penguin Classics 1966)
Alexander, M. (ed.), Beowulf (Penguin Classics 2003)
Bjork, R.E., & J.D.Niles (eds), A Beowulf Handbook (Nebraska University 1997, 1998)
Fulk, R. (ed.), Interpretations of Beowulf: A Critical Anthology (Indiana University 1991)
Garmonsway, G., and J.Simpson, Beowulf and Its Analogues (Dent 1968, 1980)
Heaney, S. (tr.), Beowulf (Faber & Faber 1999)
Hyams, E.R., & S.T.Samples, Heroic Legends of the North: An Introduction to the Nibelung and Dietrich Cycles (Garland 1996)
Mitchell, B., & F.Robinson, A Guide to Old English (Blackwell 1986)
Mitchell, B., & F.Robinson, (eds), Beowulf (Blackwell 1998)
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993, 1994, 1999, 2004)
Newton, S. The Reckoning of King Rædwald (Redbird 2003)
Wilson, R.M., The Lost Literature of Medieval England (Methuen 1970)


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Wuffing Education,
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Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
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