Episode 38: Nobles, Nuptials and a Cowherd Poet

The kingdom of Northumbria emerged as a center of scholarship and learning during the 7th century. We explore the political and religious events which led to the Northumbrian Renaissance. We also explore the importance of strategic marriages and marital terms in Old English. Lastly, we look at the first known poet in the English language – a cowherd named Caedmon.

3 thoughts on “Episode 38: Nobles, Nuptials and a Cowherd Poet

    • Hi Jen,

      You might want to check out “Hild: A Novel” by Nicola Griffith. It is a history-based novel based on Hilda’s life. I haven’t actually read the novel, but several listeners recommended it to me, and I intend to read it at some point when I have the time.

      Most of my resources for these early historical figures were general histories of Anglo-Saxon England. “The Anglo-Saxon Age” by D.J.V. Fisher is particularly good.

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