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The Modern Scholar: The Anglo-Saxon World

By: Prof. Michael D. C. Drout
Narrated by: Michael D. C. Drout
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Summary

Had the Angles and Saxons not purposefully migrated to the isles of the Britons and brought with them their already-well-developed use of language, Angelina Jolie may never have appeared in the movie Beowulf.

Professor Michael D.C. Drout is at his best when lecturing on the fascinating history, language, and societal adaptations of the Anglo-Saxons. He not only presents their storytelling abilities using their own words; he does so in their own voice - the incredibly melodious Old English.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2009 Michael D.C. Drout (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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Fabulous! Couldn't turn it off

This is a truly excellent survey of the Anglo Saxon period by a professor who clearly loves it. His accent is heavy American, which takes some getting used to, but you soon forgive this because he handles the material so expertly.

Treat yourself to some Anglo Saxon history today!

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enthralling

Michael Drout is enthusiastic and carries his enjoyment of his subject into his lectures. This is a period I know little about. In school we jumped from the Romans to the Norman Conquest and anything I've tried to pick up since has tended to be quite dry. Here, the narrative flows; although I could have done with this being twice as long to allow me to fill in some of the inevitable gaps as he sped through several hundred years of history and literature. Well worth listening to.

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Brilliant from start to end!

This lecture series has the winning combination of being jam packed with information and being very entertaining at the same time!
I've been quite interested in this topic for a while but knew little to nothing about it. If only Drout had been my history teacher at school! He has a passion for the subject that definitely comes out in the narration. You'll learn a lot not only about the Angles & Saxons, but also how they fit in with other peoples interacting with England like the Danes, Vikings, Celts, Christianity, Paganism, Rome and much more!

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Entertaining, Fun and Informative

I had previously listened to Professor Drout's lectures on science-fiction, which I had only moderately enjoyed after the lecture reaches the 1970's (see my review for more details). But I did nonetheless get the another set of lectures from Professor Drout because he is such a wonderful lecturer with great delivery and an excellent sense of humour. I was hoping that another, more historical, topic would bring out the best in him, and I was not disappointed. The set of lectures on The Anglo-Saxon World covers Britain from 500 AD until 1066 AD (the norman Conquest) with an excellent additional lecture on how the Anglo-Saxon concepts remained important up to the time of Henry the Eight. The lecture on the decades before 1066 and the lecture on the use of Anglo-Saxon as a political football under Henry the Eight are excellent (and stupendously funny at times). I am not a literature student and I was a bit worried during the introduction as it seemed that the lectures would focus more on literature than history, but my fears were soon calmed. I even enjoyed the 3 lectures on "pure" literature (lectures 9-10-11) because they stressed the psychology of people living in those times. So, even if you are not a literature geek, don't skip those 3 lectures. The only aspect that is supremely annoying in this lecture set is that each lecture begins with a long section where Professor Drout reads an excerpt in Anglo-Saxon which probably only 100 persons on Earth understand. These readings are followed by the English translation but they got really irritating, mostly as I am guessing that no one really know how Anglo-Saxon sounded, so were are not learning much from Professor Drout's attempts. Still, a minor quibble. Heartily recommended.

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10/10

Absolutely fantastic. Prof. Drouts enthusiasm for the era really shines through and makes this a very interesting and enjoyable listen.

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hmm...

The Anglo Saxon World.. can't say as I enjoyed this one much.. the translation of Old English sounded rather odd with the American accent, which I found difficult to listen to all the way through..
It seemed that prior to this period, his knowledge was sketchy at best. I found his interpretation's a little irritating also, I could not quite believe any Saxony peoples would say things like " hey guys, you wanna check out this place over here" a bit irritating! also, they didn't make beer, they drank ale and mead.
annoying!! would have loved to have an audio book on the Saxony peoples and language (or old English) by someone British! sounded very odd with the American accent. Some of it was interesting, but that is about the best I can say about the lectures.

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More Words than Worlds

Author is an expert on literature and dwells mainly on Anglo Saxon words than drawing a full picture of the people themselves. More on archaeological evidence and its significance would have been welcome. But he is a great enthusiast, learned and makes the subject very accessible.

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Drout is always informative and entertaining

I love all the lectures by Professor Drout. He makes learning fun and easy, and he really knows his stuff.

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dreadful history

almost any other book on the Anglo Saxon period is so much better than this.
Do yourself a favour and pick any one but this.

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Superb knowledge and enthusiasm from the author

This guy really knows his stuff.
He's an expert on linguistics, etymology as well as Anglo Saxon Christianity.
His enthusiasm is contagious and his effort to learn and speak Old English Anglo Saxon is commendable.
I enjoyed his introduction to each chapter in Anglo Saxon and the ability to begin to understand more as you get used to it.

Some of the chapters might be a little too niche for those just interested in the general history of the era and the latter part felt as a consequence a little rushed.

The course would be better called:
"The Anglo-Saxons: Language, Religion & literature"

But learning how central the early spread of Christianity was to the development of English culture, literature, law, education and politics and the bedrock of its future power on the world stage into the modern era, is an eye opener.

Without its arrival, it could have resulted in Britain just being a small quiet backwater of North West Europe, with no notable achievements right up to the present day.

Christianity became more powerful than the Roman empire, in terms of geographical reach, membership, advocates and devotion by the 700's. To be central to that was to guarantee a nations future power on the global stage.

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