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Anglo-Saxon Sagas and Songs

Anglo-Saxon Sagas and Songs [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Webster
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    This collection of stories and poems covers the period from first wave of migration in c. 449 to the end of Anglo-Saxon England with the Norman Conquest in 1066 and include stories about the most popular Anglo-Saxon heroes and events, such as Hengest, King Alfred, the Battle of Maldon and the Battle of Hastings. They also include material from the common Germanic stock, such as the legends of Beowulf and Starkath.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 261 KB
    • Publisher: EK Press (16 Mar 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004SIRYLS
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    The author was brought up in Conisbrough, Yorkshire, and traces his ancestry back to William Webster, who is mentioned in the Conisbrough Court Rolls in 1440. The magnificent castle, one of the best-preserved in the county, inspired his interest in history and literature. He read English at Leeds University and is now a teacher and writer. He has published a range of educational textbooks, several novels and some volumes of poetry. Most of his novels are about Dark Age or Medieval history, often focusing on characters associated with Conisbrough Castle, such as Hengest, who fought his last battle near the castle, and Eubulo le Strange who was involved in the castle's only siege in 1317. The project dearest to his heart (at the moment) is to write a series of books entitled The Coningsburgh Chronicles which will cover key events in the history of the castle. He is currently working on a novel about the crusader knight, William de Warenne, 3rd Earl of Surrey. For more free samples and articles about writing, visit the author's website, and his blog,

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    It was so very strange to hear the familiar stories said in their native metres,strange,but refreshing.a very worth while read
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    9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars inaccurate title - no Anglo Saxon sagas 16 Jan 2013
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    I have not accessed this work but must just point out that the book's very title encapsulates a fundamental misuse of terminology, namely the word 'saga'. A' saga', in its proper meaning as applied to Germanic and Old Norse literature, means a PROSE story or narration, such as for instance the Icelandic family sagas, the Icelandic sagas of kings, the fornaldar sogur (sagas of old times), etc. No heroic prose has survived in Anglo-Saxon, only saints' lives and similar material.
    Such heroic material as survives in Anglo-Saxon, such as the heroic poem Beowulf, the Finnsberg fragment, the Battle of Maldon, etc is in the form of alliterativeverse, not prose sagas. Clearly, all the Germanic ethnic groups shared a common heritage of the heroic age of Migrations, but no Anglo-Saxon sagas have survived, and we do not know if any ever existed or were written down. Starkad, for instance, is a character appearing in old Norse sagas and poetry.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars good 27 July 2013
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    good collection to have, great lyrics but the guitar and drum solo's left a lot to be desired. I believe the comeback album will be worth the wait
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Anglo-Saxon Sagas and Songs 21 Nov 2012
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    Anglo-Saxon Sagas and Songs: This is an important book because the ordinary person does not know very much about the Anglo-Saxons. I would have rated it higher if the first few chapters had been about the Anglo-Saxons. That would have put the rest of the book in context and would have made their roots clear in a brief but easily understood manner.
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