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Sutton Hoo and the Goths

Gold medallion of King Theodric the Great, probably minted in Rome, c.500AD (Thermae Museum, Rome)

with Dr Sam Newton

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Sutton Hoo, 4th February 2012

We begin with a look at some of the treasures from Sutton Hoo and the art historical connections they reveal between the Wuffings and the peoples of Europe, especially the Goths. We shall reconsider the epic story of the rise and tragic fall of the Goths, and how their reputation in the history of Christendom has been overshadowed by the propaganda of their greatest enemy, Byzantium, which has led since to their association with darkness. We shall see how differently they were remembered in Old English and related heroic verse, where they were often held in high honour. Through texts such as the extraordinary Old English poem Widsith, we can glimpse something of a lost Gothic golden age. This may point to possible answers to some of the questions raised by the art historical connections revealed at Sutton Hoo.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Sutton Hoo and Europe  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Coming of the Goths  
  12.45 Lunch break (bring picnic or eat in NT restaurant)  
  14:00 The Ostrogothic Kingdom of Rome  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Lost Legends of the Goths  
  c.16:20 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 as an independent scholar and has contributed to many radio and television programmes. 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)
Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
Carver, M.O.H. (ed.), The Age of Sutton Hoo: The Seventh Century in North-Western Europe (Woodbridge 1992).
Graves, R., Count Belisarius (Penguin 1954)
Halsall, G., Barbarian Migrations and the Roman West, 376-568 (Cambridge 2007)
Haymes, E.R., & S.T.Samples, Heroic Legends of the North: An Introduction to the Nibelung and Dietrich Cycles (Garland 1996)
Heather, P., The Goths (Oxford 1998)
Heather, P., The Fall of the Roman Empire: a New History of Rome and the Barbarians (Oxford 2006)
Hodgkin, T., The Barbarian Invasions of the Roman Empire ( Vol. I), The Visigothic Invasion, intro. by P. Heather (Folio Society 2000)
Hodgkin, T., The Barbarian Invasions of the Roman Empire ( Vol. 3), The Ostrogoths, intro. by P. Heather (Folio Society 2001)
Hodgkin, T., The Barbarian Invasions of the Roman Empire ( Vol. 4), The Imperial Restoration, intro. by P. Heather (Folio Society 2001)
James, E., Europe’s Barbarians AD200-600 (Pearson Longman 2009)
Lee, S.D., & E.Solopova, The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
Turville-Petre, G., The Heroic Age of Scandinavia (London 1951, 1976)
Webster, L., & 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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