Let’s Put Beowulf in HIStorical Context

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/worldhistory/sutton_hoo_helmet/ 

http://www.suttonhoo.org/archeology.asp 

http://www.archaeology.co.uk/specials/the-timeline-of-britain/sutton-hoo.htm 

Research everyday life in Anglo-Saxon England.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/anglo_saxons/ 

http://www.britainexpress.com/History/anglo-saxon_life.htm 

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 Cnut http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=canute 

King Harold http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=harold1 

King Alfred the Great http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=alfred 

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  1. Thanks for this. It will be helpful.

    S. Thomas Summers
    Author of Private Hercules McGraw: Poems of the American Civil War

  2. By the way, my wife and I homeschool our son.

    S. Thomas Summers
    Author of Private Hercules McGraw: Poems of the American Civil War

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