Find out which Anglo-Saxon manuscripts found their way into Vikings, The Last Kingdom and Assassin's Creed: Valhalla!
Three early medieval English kings had a thing for candlesticks. From candle clocks to candle chastisement.
Learn more about a beautiful Old English manuscript, featuring the (partly) illustrated Psalm translations ascribed to Alfred the Great!
During the Middle Ages, the wild boar was admired and feared for its courage and ferocity. Learn more about this warrior among beasts!
The TARDIS occasionally found its way to early medieval England and these visits of the nation’s most beloved ‘Time Lord’ can also teach us something about Anglo-Saxon history and the Old English language. This post focuses on Alfred the Great and is the second of a series of three blogs that deal with the visits of … Continue reading Lǣce Hwā: Doctor Who and Alfred the Great
As a professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford, J. R. R. Tolkien could not help but be inspired by the language and literature he studied and taught. As a result, his fictional world is infused with cultural material of the Middle Ages, particularly Old English language and literature. In this post, I focus … Continue reading The Medieval in Middle-earth: Aragorn and Exiled Anglo-Saxon Kings
Three TV-series and movies that use props based on real Anglo-Saxon objects!
This blog post discusses the origins and use of the word 'arseling' in Old English, where it occurs as 'earsling'. There may be a surprising connection to none other than King Alfred the Great himself!
The second episode of The Last Kingdom (UK airdate: Thursday, 29 October, 9 pm, BBC 2) introduces Prince Alfred, who would later become King Alfred the Great (d. 899). In his first scene, Alfred is portrayed as a man tormented both physically (because of his health) and morally (because of his lustful feelings towards the … Continue reading Passion, Piles and a Pebble: What Ailed Alfred the Great?