We will explore one of the most celebrated Old English poems in its literary, historical and cultural contexts, including what reading it alongside the other texts in the single manuscript which survives can reveal about the author, the characters, and the so-called’heroic age’ which produced them. We also assess the legacy of the poem and its influence on subsequent literature. No prior knowledge of Old English is necessary and extracts from the poem will be provided in the original language and modern English translation.

This course may not be showing on the national website so please reserve your place by calling Annette on 01603 629557.