Anglo-Saxon Literature: Pagan or Christian?
Wed, 10 January 2018
Who were the Anglo-Saxons? Pagan Germanic tribes full of proud boasts, eager for glory and fame? Or pious Christians famed for writing Saints’ Lives, reforming the monasteries, and becoming some of our earliest martyrs? The truth is that these descriptions are intertwined, and we can see the fusion (and sometimes conflict) between the pagan and the Christian in their literature.
In this 5-week course, we explore themes of creation, heroics, reflection, and wisdom in Anglo-Saxon poetry and prose to explore the faith of the people who wrote it.
All texts will be in translation.
Tutor: Caroline Godden, Adult Learning Officer
Dates: Wednesdays 10 Jan - 7 Feb 2018
Doors open: 7.45pm
Start time: 8.00pm
End time: 9.45pm
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