Laws, Learning and Leechbooks: studying the less travelled texts in Old English

Ref: C2345469

In the Old English courses offered in the session 2020-21, students focused very much on the poetry, and texts which are fairly well known. In this course we will look at texts which are much less studied, but are very revealing of aspects of Anglo-Saxon society. We will read, translate, and research around these texts. This course is suitable for those who have done some Old English before, but will also try to take account of the needs of beginners.

Course aim

In this course, we will look at rarely studied texts in Old English - laws, educational, medical - in order to reveal new aspects of Anglo-Saxon society and deepen students' understanding of that culture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify at least one of the laws of King Alfred
  • Distinguish between the laws of Aethelbhert and Alfred
  • Translate one of the learning texts from Aelfric's collection
  • Translate one of the remedies from Bald's Leechbook
  • Comment on two remedies from the Leechbook from a modern perspective

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All materials will be provided by the tutor, who will suggest supplementary work and reading during the course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Laws, Learning and Leechbooks: studying the less travelled texts in Old English

Conditions

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