We’re reading Beowulf this month in our literature club. Here are some ideas you might want to research either before you read it or during. A book becomes richer when you can place it in context of a real world — people who lived, worked, and related with each other.
Research the Sutton Hoo archaeological dig in England.
Research everyday life in Anglo-Saxon England.
Research the role of the king in Anglo-Saxon history.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/anglo_saxons/kings_and_laws/ Make sure you click on “Explore Timelines.”
Timeline of Britain’s Royals http://www.britroyals.com/timeline.asp
King Harold http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=harold1
King Alfred the Great http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=alfred