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Wuffing Education

Sutton Hoo and the Goths


with Dr Sam Newton

at the Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 12th June, 2010

An attempt to understand Sutton Hoo in the context of the sixth–century history of Europe in general and of the Ostrogoths in particular.

We begin with a look at some of the finds from Sutton Hoo and the Wuffing Continental connections they reveal. We shall then explore how these Continental, especially Ostrogothic, connections appear to be amplified by references to the Goths and related folk in surviving Old English heroic verse, especially the catalogue poem Widsith, through which we may glimpse the richness of the great word-hoard of Old English legend and its vast historical and geographical scope. When we compare these references and those in related Germanic and Norse languages to the connections revealed by archaeology, we may perhaps begin to chart something of the lost continent that was the world of the Wuffings.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Sutton Hoo and Europe  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Old English Heroic Age  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Lost Legends of the Goths  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Sutton Hoo and Old English Poetry  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at UEA in 1991 and is the author of The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (1993) and The Reckoning of King Rædwald, (2003). He has lectured widely around the country and has contributed to many radio and television programmes, most recently Michael Wood on Beowulf on BBC4. He is also a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Alexander, M., Beowulf: A Glossed Text (Penguin Classics 1995, 2000)
Barnish, S.J., & F.Marazzi (eds), The Ostrogoths from the Migration Period to the Sixth Century (Boydell 2007)
Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
Fletcher, R., The Conversion of Europe, (Harper Collins 1997)
Ward-Perkins, B., The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilisation, (Oxford 2005)
Garmonsway, G., & J.Simpson, Beowulf and Its Analogues (Dent Everyman 1968, 1980)
Goldsworthy, A., The Fall of the West, the Death of the Roman Superpower (London 2009)
Gordon, E.V., An Introduction to Old Norse, rev.A.R.Taylor (Oxford 1957, 1981)
Graves, R., Count Belisarius (Penguin 1954)
Heaney, S, (tr.) Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition, ed. J.Niles (Norton 2007)
Hyams, E.R., & S.T.Samples, Heroic Legends of the North: An Introduction to the Nibelung and Dietrich Cycles (Garland 1996)
Lee, S.D., & E.Solopova, The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993, 1994)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald (Redbird 2003)
North, R., & J.Allard, Beowulf and Other Stories: A New Introduction to Old English, Old Icelandic, and Anglo-Norman Literatures (Pearson Longman 2007)
Shippey, T.A., The Road to Middle-earth (Allen & Unwin, 1982; rev. edition Harper Collins, 2003)
Tolkien, C. (ed. & tr.), The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise (Nelson, London 1960)
Turville-Petre, G., The Heroic Age of Scandinavia (London 1951, 1976)
Webster, L., and J.Backhouse, The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (British Museum 1991)
Wilson, R., The Lost Literature of Medieval England (Methuen 1952, 1970)


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