Discovering Literature: Anglo-Saxons

Six-week course, beginning -
Discovering Literature

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Explore the masterpieces of Anglo-Saxon literature

Course dates: Tuesdays 6, 13, 20 and 27 November and 4 and 11 December

Times: 14.00 – 16.00

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Gain an insight into the masterpieces that shaped Britain's earliest literary history on our introduction to the literature of the Anglo-Saxon age. From the first great epic of English poetry, Beowulf, to the enigmatic riddles of the Exeter Book, consider the masterpieces of Anglo-Saxon literary culture.

The scope of the course is broad – from riddling inscriptions in runes, to the Venerable Bede’s masterful historical prose, via elegiac poetry. The intention is to give a sense of the scope and diversity of early medieval literature in England, to coincide with the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition which showcases the Library's outstanding collection of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts alongside a large number of exceptional loans. The course covers the key texts from the exhibition and explores the history of these extraordinary books. The six-week course culminates in a guided tour of the exhibition, drawing together the work of the previous weeks.


Name: Discovering Literature: Anglo-Saxons
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £295.00
Member: £250.00
Senior 60+: £265.00
Student: £250.00
Registered Unemployed: £250.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546