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Part 1 (MP4)
TV film, first broadcast in 1966 on the BBC to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. A dramatised look at England in 1065 as Hastings approaches, with voiceover by Leo McKern. Directed by Leo Aylen.

Alsige of West Stow
An introduction to a typical village house at West Stow, delivered in Old English.


Welcumen béo on West Stowa. Mín nama is Alsige.
Þis is mín hús. Ðes is se hróf, séo duru, séo flór .... cum in.
Þes is mín wífman,…

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1066 Read Aloud
Part of the entry for 1066 in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, read in Old English. It describes the arrival of Duke William in Pevensey, the Battle of Hastings, and the death of Harold. The text was copied using an Old English hand. Please note that this…

Anglo-Saxon Lyre 1
Five short clips of Anglo-Saxon lyre playing, recorded on the cliffs at Leigh-on-Sea, July 2010. Please note that the original version of this video can be found here:

Battle of Maldon - Byrhtnoth's Challenge
Battle of Maldon - Byrhtnoth's Challenge, read in Old English. The battlefield view is taken from the sea-wall looking west, ie. from the Viking viewpoint. The causeway photo shows the 'waters flowing together' as described later in the poem. Please…

Beowulf - Scyld Scefing's Funeral - Read in Old English
Beowulf - Scyld Scefing's Funeral - Read in Old English. The location is the reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village at West Stow, Suffolk, England. Please note that this is the *unglossed* version of the video: a glossed version is available here:…

Deor Aloud
'Deor' read aloud at West Stow, with accompaniment on Anglo-Saxon lyre.

A short animated video clip presenting some basic phrases in Old English relating to the family. I hope to create more of these as time allows. Leofwin and his family are based on the characters of a book teaching everyday Old English as a living…

The Coming of the English
The account (abridged) by Bede of the coming of the English to Britain in the 5th century. He wrote in Latin in the 8th century, and his work was rendered into Old English a century later. The text is copied using an Old English hand, with pop-up…

The Lord's Prayer
From the Wessex Gospels, c.870AD, with pop-up glosses in present-day English. The text is copied using an old English hand. The photo at the end is Leofwin as an early 7th century missionary. Please note that this is the *unglossed* version of this…
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