This is a book for those who have a serious interest in the Anglo-Saxons and their language, but who are unable to pursue an academic course in the subject. Bruce Mitchell is one of the leading Old English scholars of his generation and a champion of his subject. His enthusiasm and his friendly and encouraging presence are felt on every page. He has the rare quality of combining authority with complete absence of condescension.
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Mitchell writes cleraly and with humour of the OE grammar and literature of the Anglo-Saxon England. For a person whose mother tongue is not English this is a demanding book when it comes to translate the OE parts into the Modern English. The basic knowledge of grammar is a must.The richness of the every day history mixed up from war and religion shows parallel with the literary examples and photographs the book provides.