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    I would like to start a thread that lists good resources for people who are interested in studying Anglo-Saxon history. I have only recently begun studying this subject and I hope that some of the knowledgeable veterans on Anglo-Saxon history can help by posting their advice here.

    For the beginner, I found an excellent audio lecture series titled "The Anglo-Saxon World" by Professor Michael D.C. Drout. You can download the course book for free at that link, but I highly encourage all to purchase and listen to the lecture series. Professor Drout is a spectacular, informative and entertaining speaker that makes the lectures fun to listen to. A less-expensive alternative is to purhcase a $15/month subscription to www.audible.com where you will find the "Anglo-Saxon World" lecture series that you can listen to for 1 credit. Enjoy!

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    The Anglo Saxon Chronicle is obviously a must for anyone interested in England's history.

    I would also recommend 'The Ecclesiastical History of the English People' by the Venerable Bede

    A far easier read would be 'The Saxon stories' by Bernard Cornwell. A series of 5 books (a new one is coming out in January) based on the life of Alfred the Great through the eyes of a Northumbrian Lord. The stories, although not entirely historically accurate, provide an indepth insight into 9th century England. There are a few others on this forum who like it, so i'm sure you'll find it enthralling.

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    Anglo-Saxon History Resources

    Hello All, Bernard Cromwell books are good but another series of books I enjoyed reading was written by Robert Low of the Oathsworn Series. There were tidbits of Viking life that were unique and personal in these books like the chafing of wet wool garments at sea, the boredom of waiting out the winter in a boat shed, the horror and rememberance of your first kill. The collective filth during a siege. These things he was very good at bringing to the forefront. And as alway there is the classic. The Long Ships by Frans Bengtson. I believe it was also called Red Orm. The laconic and fatalistic view of the Norse was well illustrated in this book.

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    The Beginnings of English Society by Dorothy Whitelock seems to be the standard introductory work. Part of the Pelican History of England series and quite readily available.

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