Learn Live: Old English for Beginners

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Opening of an Old English manuscript featuring snakes

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Get an introduction to the study of Old English on our online course

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Old English literature encompasses the very earliest prose and poetry in what would become the English language. Centuries before Shakespeare – or even Chaucer – Anglo-Saxon poets, scholars, teachers and scribes were producing a rich and storied body of elegies, riddles, charms, translations, letters, treatises and more.

This online course provides an introduction to the study of this literature for complete beginners. Working with a single poem – a medical charm – we will get to grips with the basics of the Old English language, the nuts and bolts of Old English poetry, and the manuscripts in which these works survive.

No previous experience or particular affinity with languages is required. You will be provided with a pre-course reading pack and signposted to online resources, both here at the British Library and beyond, for further study of this ancient literature.

Have experience of Old English? You might like our Intermediate Old English online course on 17 March.

This course takes place on Zoom and we will email you a joining link the day before. There will be an opportunity to ask the tutor Victoria Symons questions during a Q&A, and have conversations with your fellow participants in virtual breakout rooms.

Live captions will be provided by Stagetext.

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Details

Name: Learn Live: Old English for Beginners
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
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Price: Full Price: £20.00
Member: £20.00
Student: £16.00
Registered Unemployed: £16.00
Under 18: £16.00
Senior (60+): £18.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
boxoffice@bl.uk