The WSU Anglo-Saxon Homepage

Produced for English 503 by Prof. Michael Hanly

This page was put together for the use of the graduate students in English 503 at Washington State University in the Fall semester of 1996, and now serves as the virtual "command post" for all my students reading Anglo-Saxon texts. It's not restricted to our students, however, so anyone happening upon this page should feel free to have a look and follow the links to some wonderful sites. There's nothing very original here outside of my old slides (see "Images from Anglo-Saxon England" at the bottom of this page); if you find them useful somehow, please drop me a line before reproducing them. And while I'm on that subject: the "Anglo-Saxon clip art" reproduced on this page is by Eva Wilson, Early Medieval Designs from Britain for Artists and Craftspeople, Dover Books, 1983.

Old English Internet Links

Essential Reference Sites

Prof. Catherine Ball's Old English Pages: There's really not much point in putting up your own OE page once you've seen this collection, but what the heck. Everything you need is here somewhere, including links to everywhere else.

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Online-Book-Initiative: Anglo-Saxon includes a translation of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and Beowulf manuscript images.

ORB (Online Reference Book) Internet Medieval Sourcebook

ORB--Anglo-Saxon England Index

The Old English Bible

Internet Resources for the Anglo-Saxon World

The Labyrinth: Anglo-Saxon Culture

Anglo-Saxon Studies: A Select Bibliography by C. P. Biggam; very full, impressive collection and presentation.

Old English Select Bibliography from University of Virginia.

Electronic Beowulf: produced by the British Library, with Profs. Kevin Kiernan and Paul Szarmach.

Old English Courses and Teaching Materials

Prof. Murray McGillivray's Internet OE Course at U. of Calgary provides a grammar and several glossed texts.

Prof. Catherine N. Ball's unique and useful "Hwaet! Old English in Context" .

Prof. Peter Baker's "Intro. to OE" Course at the University of Virginia: access to a "Tour of OE Culture" is restricted, but all can make use of some sentences for pronunciation practice drawn from Mitchell & Robinson's Guide to Old English .

Lastly, Prof. Daniel Donoghue had produced up a facsinating page for his OE course, but since Harvard has now seen fit to restrict access, I had to remove the link.

Links to Related Texts

Tacitus, Germania

Gildas, De excidio Britanniae

Historical and Cultural Contexts

Medieval Scandinavia and Anglo-Saxon Britain: Literature, Culture, History

Regia Anglorum: Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Norman, and British Living History

"Angelcynn": Anglo-Saxon Living History 400-900 A.D. : a historical society; some interesting pages, esp. one on the recent discovery of an Anglo-Saxon helmet in Northamptonshire and an Anglo-Saxon horseman's burial in Suffolk.

Anglo-Saxon Archaeology links

Anglo-Saxon England Before the Vikings

1066: The End of Anglo-Saxon England

"Bede's World", not Wayne's World: "The Museum of Early Medieval Northumbria at Jarrow," a 100-acre site dedicated to recreating the Age of Bede. Be still, my heart.

The Bayeux Tapestry Page

"Secrets of the Norman Invasion" (including links to Bayeux Tapestry images)

Anglo-Saxon Attitudes - to Fashion (OE dress)

Britannia Magazine Anglo-Saxon & Medieval England

On-Line Research Aids

FirstSearch: you'll need passwords from the Library.

GRIFFIN: The WSU On-Line Library Catalogue

University of Kansas Index of Medieval Studies Bibliographies

MLA Documentation Style: General Guidelines

MLA Citation of Electronic Sources

WWW Search Engines

Alta Vista



Meta-Search: Collected Search Engines at the University of Geneva

Another Collection of Search Engines and General Research Links

Local connections

WSU English Department Home Page

Hanly's Other Medieval Courses Page (but including Ancient World, etc.)

Washington State University Home Page


Images from Anglo-Saxon England: The Battle of Maldon

These slides I took a few years back will disappoint the SCA Headbangers among you (i.e., there's no battle reconstructions and no instructions on how to kill people), but if you care to see what the battle site at Maldon and a couple of other Anglo-Saxon era landmarks look like in our era, have a peek.

Last updated 17 October 1997 from the Department of English at the University of Bern. Many thanks to Prof. Margaret Bridges for her generous support. Wes thu hal.

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