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A Beginner’s Guide to Beowulf & Sutton Hoo

Sunset over the River Deben, 1994 (Sam Newton)

with Dr Sam Newton

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, May 7th 2011

An introduction to the study of the Old English epic of Beowulf and its implications for our understanding for the archaeology of Sutton Hoo. We shall see how the splendid language of the epic brings to life the bare bones of the archaeology, which in turn reveal the reality of the heroic world of Beowulf.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Golden World of Beowulf  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Beowulf and Pre-Christian Burial-Rites  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Royal Rite of Ship-Funeral  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Beowulf and the Wuffings  
  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, including Michael Wood on Beowulf and Digging for Britain with Dr Alice Roberts. Sam is also a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M. (tr.), Beowulf: A Glossed Text (Penguin Classics 1995, 2000)
Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
Bjork, R.E., & J.D.Niles (eds), A Beowulf Handbook (Nebraska University 1997, 1998)
Evans, A.C., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986)
Filmer-Sankey, W., & T.Pestell, Snape Anglo-Saxon Cemetery: Excavations and Surveys 1824-1992, East Anglian Archaeology Report 95 (Ipswich 2001).
Garmonsway, G., & J.Simpson (ed. & tr.), Beowulf and Its Analogues (Dent Everyman 1968, 1980)
Green, C., Sutton Hoo: The Excavation of a Royal Ship-Burial (Merlin 1963, 1968, 1988)
Heaney, Seamus (tr.) Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition, ed. J.Niles (Norton 2007)
Lee, S.D., & E.Solopova, The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien (Palgrave Macmillan 2005)
Mitchell, B., & F.Robinson (eds), Beowulf (Blackwell 1998)
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald (Redbird 2003)
Orchard, A., A Critical Companion to Beowulf (Brewer 2003)
Plunkett, S.J., Suffolk in Anglo-Saxon Times (Tempus 2005)
Shippey, T.A., The Road to Middle-earth (Allen and Unwin, 1982; rev. edn HarperCollins, 2003)
Tolkien, J.R.R., The Lost Road and Other Writings, ed. C.Tolkien (Unwin Hyman 1987)
Tolkien, J.R.R., The Lord of the Rings (Allen & Unwin 1954, 1955, 1966, 1968, etc.)
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)

Bookings

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