The Study of Language: Old English

Module code: EN2030

Module co-ordinator: Dr David Clark

In this module you will study the literature of the Anglo-Saxons. We will consider its creation within its historical and cultural milieu. Language lectures will teach you the basic elements of Old English grammar and equip you with all of the language tools required to understand Old English, undertake the online tests, and tackle a linguistic assignment, should you choose to do so.

We will study closely the core texts listed below, which you will read in their entirety (in translation). You may also be required to read supplementary texts in translation at the discretion of your seminar tutor.

Topics covered

  • The Story of Cædmon (clauses 8-10)
  • Ælfric’s Life of St Edmund (lines supplied)
  • Wulfstan’s Sermo Lupi ad Anglos (clauses 1-8)
  • The Battle of Maldon (11. 84-107)
  • Judith (94b-121)
  • Beowulf (lines supplied)




  • Short assessments (20%)
  • Essay, 3,000 words (80%)