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Christmas in Royal Anglo-Saxon Winchester
Christmas in Royal Anglo-Saxon Winchester
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 9 April 2013
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This CD of music from just before the Norman conquest and genocide of Anglo Saxon England is something of an eye-opener. Not all the great chants of the Roman church were from Rome, there are some stunning ones from our own land represented here. There may not be a single word of "Old Englisc" on this disc but the music is somehow evocative of England at that time. Somehow there was an Englishness present that I believed only present in music of the late 19th/20th century and yet here you can feel the individuality of tone and melodic line quite seperate from that of continental Europe. Even then we wanted to be seperate. The singing is glorious and takes you from this time to a space that is rarely found in time of place. A CD well worth owning if for the performances alone.


Hengest (Lost Sagas Book 1)
Hengest (Lost Sagas Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great attempt!, 8 April 2013
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This is a surprise as Webster has put together a tale of Hengest, the father of the English, in a poetical verse way that any "scop" would have been proud of. He has used Layamon, Beowulf and the fragments of other epic poems as his basis and has done a really great job of making the story of Hengest come alive to the reader. Not only is the tale here but so are all his notes and translations which are very very useful for why and how he has re-created the lost saga of "Hengest". I would recommend this most highly if you love Beowulf and a good epic read. A very good attempt at a recreation. We just need Benjamin Bagby now to set it like he has done with Beowulf in Anglo-Saxon English with his lyre. A must for any Anglo-Saxon in this world.


Beowulf
Beowulf
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good translation....but not the best., 8 April 2013
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This review is from: Beowulf (Kindle Edition)
If you want a free version then this is great but if you want the best version of this fantastic epic then get the wonderfully evocative Seamus Heaney translation, or read it in the original Anglo Saxon.


Anglo-Saxon Britain
Anglo-Saxon Britain
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5.0 out of 5 stars Many an old tune...., 8 April 2013
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This book may be over a hundred and twenty years old but it is till so up-to-date that it surprises you as you read it; nearly a surprise on every page. Considering we are told and taught that the Saxons were a bunch of uncivilised barbarians who had little culture and were only civilised when the Normans defeated them then this book turns that idea fully on its head. School history lessons were wrong. This book enlightens you to their culture, art, literature and basic state of mind as a race of people that we are descended from, as well as their history and the important personnages and facts of dates. We should be proud of our roots not ashamed. I am surprised that this book has never been banned by the left or the do-gooders for telling the facts and the truth of our fantastic forefathers. A race we should be more than proud of descending from. It is full of useful and surprising facts and considering it was written without the knowledge we have since gleened from the "Sutton Hoo" ship burial and the "Staffordshire Hoard" then this is quite a book of knowledge. There are now plenty of books out there but most written from a politically correct stance due to political pressures. This book is above this pettiness. It should be on anyones shelf or Kindle if you are even the remotest bit interested in British History. Just download it, even better it is now free in a not too bad transcription on kindle.


Beowulf (Bilingual Edition)
Beowulf (Bilingual Edition)
by Seamus Heaney
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic of an Epic, 13 Nov 2010
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Seamus Heaney is in my personal view one of the greatest living poets. So for him to square up to this daunting task is quite a wonderful thought. In this greatest of all epic poems, and where our wonderful English language comes from, Heaney does not just translate then embellish, he translates literally and retells the tale in a way that grips from the first line to the very last. This epic tale/poem has stayed with me since I first came across it as a 15 year old when my English teacher read some of the opening stanzas in class. It has haunted me as a student, as a young man and now as a middle aged man. It has played on my mind and my psyche for years so to have this tale told in the same meterage and feel as the original is truly wonderful. Heaney has done the finest work anyone could ever do on this. I can not praise this dual language version high enough. The translation is astounding. The story is gripping and life altering. Give it a go, give it a chance. You need to try and take yourself out of the 21st century and try and let it speak to the true line of our races inner being and blood then it will speak in a way that makes it, and its world, come alive. Read the intro by Heaney and let him be your Scop (bard), he has a natural gift for this so just enjoy the greatest known early medieval work of fiction ever written in its greatest translation. The Saxons knew how to entertain as does Heaney. Brilliant. My copy is now so worn and dog eared I need to buy it again. Just buy it!!!!!!


Fallen Women
Fallen Women
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rise of the Fallen Woman, 25 July 2007
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If early church chants from the now defunct Byzantine Empire and the Western Church is your thing or just the fact that it is nothing but women composers then this CD is an absolute must. The works combine the traditions of the Eastern church with the Greek scales and Middle Eastern Maqams as well as the early Medieval Western Church. It is some of the most ravashing music you will ever hear, especially the aurally and melodically stunning tracks by the earliest known Byzantine composer, those of Kassia from the 9th Century Byzantine Empires zelous convents. The meditations are amazingly performed and even the now well known Hildegard Von Bingen pieces are given new emphasis and poigniancy when explored in the light of the Byzantine based works. I cannot recommend this CD enough, don't hesitate about buying it, just buy it! You really will not regret it.


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