15806 Multilingual Literatures of Early Medieval Britain

We will read (in modern English translation) works composed in the several languages of early medieval Britain. Texts will include: from Old English, Beowulf and The Battle of Maldon; from Old Norse, Egil’s Saga and King Harald’s Saga; from Anglo-Norman French, The Song of Roland; from Old Irish, selections from The Táin Bó Cuailnge; from medieval Welsh, Y Gododdin, and “Culhwch and Olwen”; and from Latin, selections from Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain. (Pre-1650, Fiction)

2018-2019 Autumn