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Old English Warrior-Kingship


with Steve Pollington
& Paul Mortimer
(Independent Scholars)

at the Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 8th June, 2013.

An exploration of the language and regalia of Anglo-Saxon warrior-kingship, using replicas from Sutton Hoo and elsewhere. The day will include recent new research on the Sutton Hoo whetstone.

Provisional Programme
(There may be variations to the programme on the day)
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Introduction to Kingship  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Symbolism in Kingship  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The King as Warlord  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Gods, Kings and Priests  
  16:20 Close  

About The Speakers

About Steve Pollington
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 www.stevepollington.com/index.html .

About Paul Mortimer
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, was published last year.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Carver, M.O.H. (ed.), The Age of Sutton Hoo: The Seventh Century in North-Western Europe (Woodbridge 1992)
Chaney, W.A., The Cult of Kingship in Anglo-Saxon England: The Transition from Paganism to Christianity (Manchester 1970)
Enright, M., The Sutton Hoo Sceptre and the Roots of Celtic Kingship Theory (Dublin 2006)
Hedeager, L., Iron-Age Societies. From Tribe to State in Northern Europe 500 BC to AD 700, translated by J.Hines (Cambridge 1992)
Mortimer, P., Woden's Warriors: Warfare, Beliefs, Arms & Armour in Northern Europe During the 6th 7th Centuries (Anglo-Saxon Books 2012)
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the Pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Cambridge 1994)
Noble, T.F.X. (ed), From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms (London 2006)
Pollington, S., The English Warrior from Earliest Times till 1066 (2nd edition, Hockwold-cum-Wilton 2002)
Pollington, S., The Mead-Hall – Feasting in Anglo-Saxon England (Hockwold-cum-Wilton 2003)
Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. (eds.), The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (London 1991)


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 payment to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
tel : 01394 386498

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