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Wuffing Education

Seax, Sword, Spear, & Shield: Anglo-Saxon Weaponry

Paul Mortimer’s magnificent replica of the Sutton Hoo shield, crafted by David Roper (image Sam Newton)

with Steve Pollington & Paul Mortimer

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 5th February, 2011

Two specialists join forces on the military arts, deploying authentic replicas of the arms and armour from Sutton Hoo and related war-gear.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Background - The Old English vocabulary of weapons and warfare (Steve Pollington)  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Wielding Weapons - The manufacture and use of edged weapons in the AS period (Paul Mortimer)  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Warfare in the early mediaeval world – The frequency of battle, size of armies, etc. (Paul Mortimer)  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Word and Deed – The uses of warfare; the vocabulary of praise and blame (Steve Pollington)  
  16:15 Close  

About Steve Pollington & Paul Mortimer

Stephen has been writing books on Anglo-Saxon England for two decades. His many published titles include works on the Old English language, military culture, healing and herblore, runes and feasting in the ‘meadhall’, as well as a double CD of readings in Old English. He has lectured widely on aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture since 1991, from local history to the details of verse metre, from theories of the origins of the Germanic runes to the handling of Anglo-Saxon weaponry. He has worked on a number of television and radio programmes, and was script advisor to the ground-breaking 1000 AD, in which dramatic dialogue was spoken entirely in Old English and Old Norse. He has also contributed to the prestigious Oxford Companion to Military History (2003) and Medieval Warfare: An Encyclopedia (forthcoming). For more on Stephen and his work, see his website at

Paul is a retired history teacher with a life-long interest things Anglo-Saxon and military, and has commissioned many museum-quality replicas of the treasures from the Sutton Hoo ship-burial and some other important finds. He can often be seen at Sutton Hoo displaying his reproduction wargear during the summer months, and has given talks at venues such as Colchester castle, Salisbury museum, the British Library and the Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent. Woden’s Warriors, his recently completed encyclopaedic book on warfare in northern Europe during the sixth and seventh centuries, is in preparation and should be available later this year.

Feedback from their previous Study day: When asked "What was best about the Day" people said:

  • good mix of depth of research
  • opportunity to handle replicas
  • Listening to Old English readings
  • Well organised, crisp delivery, enthusiasm, interactions, well illustrated
  • interesting & thought provoking, good speakers
  • richness of information & interaction encouraged
  • all excellent


Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Evans, A.C., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986)
Halsall, G. Warfare and Society in the Barbarian West, 450-900 (London 2003)
Pollington, S., The English Warrior: From Earliest Times to 1066 (Anglo-Saxon Books 1996)
Pollington, S., Anglo-Saxon Burial Mounds (Anglo-Saxon Books 2008)
Tweddle, D. The Anglian Helmet from Coppergate, The Archaeology of York: Vol. 17 The Small Finds (London 1992)
Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (London 1991)
Wilson, D.M. (ed.) The Northern World. The History and Heritage of Northern Europe. AD 400-1100 (London 1980)
Wood, M., In Search of the Dark Ages (BBC 1981)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places.  Study Days are £38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition.  Once you have reserved your place please send a cheque to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

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Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
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