An Introduction to Beowulf and Sutton Hoo
with Dr Sam Newton


at the Old Court, Sutton Hoo
on Saturday, 18th January 2014.

An introduction to the study of the Old English epic of Beowulf and its implications for our understanding for the archaeology of Sutton Hoo. We shall see how the splendid language of the epic brings to life the bare bones of the archaeology, which in turn reveal the reality of the heroic world of Beowulf.

Provisional Programme
(There may be variations to the programme on the day)
10:00 Coffee on arrival
10:15 The Golden World of Beowulf
11:15 Coffee
11:45 Beowulf and Pre-Christian Burial-Rites
12:45 Lunch break
14:00 The Royal Rite of Ship-Funeral
15:00 Tea break
15:15 Beowulf and the Wuffings
16:20 Close

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at UEA in 1991 and is the author of The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (1993) and The Reckoning of King Rædwald (2003). He has lectured widely around the country as an independent scholar and has contributed to many radio and television programmes, especially Time Team.. He is also a Director of Wuffing Education and an accredited NADFAS lecturer.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974).
Bruce-Mitford, R., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial, 3 vols (London 1975, ‘78, ‘82).
Bjork, R., & J.Niles (eds), A Beowulf Handbook (Nebraska University 1997)
Evans, A.C., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986)
Filmer-Sankey, W., & T.Pestell, Snape Anglo-Saxon Cemetery: Excavations and Surveys 1824-1992, East Anglian Archaeology Report 95 (Ipswich 2001)
Fulk, R., R.Bjork, & J.Niles (eds), Klaeber’s Beowulf, 4th Edition (Toronto 2008)
Garmonsway, G., & J.Simpson (ed. & tr.), Beowulf and Its Analogues (Dent Everyman 1968, 1980)
Green, C., Sutton Hoo: The Excavation of a Royal Ship-Burial (Merlin 1988)
Heaney, Seamus (tr.) Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition, ed. J.Niles (Norton 2007)
Lee, S.D., & E.Solopova, The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien (Palgrave Macmillan 2005)
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald (Redbird 2003)
Orchard, A., A Critical Companion to Beowulf (Brewer 2003)
Shippey, T.A., The Road to Middle-earth (Allen and Unwin, 1982; rev. edn HarperCollins, 2003)
Tolkien, J.R.R., The Lost Road and Other Writings, ed. C.Tolkien (Unwin Hyman 1987)
Webster, L., & J.Backhouse, The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (British Museum 1991)


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