The Geats of “Beowulf”: A Study in the Geographical Mythology of the Middle Ages by Jane Acomb Leake, Reviewed by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

Reviewed Work: The Geats of "Beowulf": A Study in the Geographical Mythology of the Middle Ages by Jane Acomb Leake Review by: H. R. Ellis Davidson, Folklore, Vol. 79, No. 2 (Summer, 1968), pp. 147-149. THIS is a book of some importance for anyone interested in the supernatural elements in the Anglo-Saxon heroic poem Beowulf, … Continue reading The Geats of “Beowulf”: A Study in the Geographical Mythology of the Middle Ages by Jane Acomb Leake, Reviewed by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 3: Christian Missionaries]

CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES For a long time there had been talk at the court of King Edwin about the “Christians”. Men used to get together in little groups, sometimes in angry argument. As for the king, he said little, but it was noticed that he often sat silent as though he were thinking deeply. The ladies … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 3: Christian Missionaries]

The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 2: King Edwin of Northumbria]

KING EDWIN OF NORTHUMBRIA It is time we heard about the king--Edwin of Northumbria. You would not find it very easy to reach the king. If you came over the sea, you would meet his sentinels on the coast, and there would be more men on watch for strangers outside the town or hall where … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 2: King Edwin of Northumbria]

Weland the Smith by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1958)

  WHEN King Alfred was translating Boethius from Latin into Anglo-Saxon and reached the phrase 'the bones of the faithful Fabricius', his mind seems to have jumped from the hero's name to the Latin word faber, 'smith', and from there again to the name which for him stood for the most famous of smiths, Weland. … Continue reading Weland the Smith by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1958)

The Hill of the Dragon: Anglo-Saxon Burial Mounds in Literature and Archaeology by Hilda R. Ellis Davidson (1950)

A Paper read before a meeting of the Society on October I9th, 1949.1 THE idea of raising an imposing mound of earth to guard the bones or ashes of the dead is one which has roots deep in antiquity. " Man " said Sir Thomas Browne " is a noble animal, splendid in ashes and … Continue reading The Hill of the Dragon: Anglo-Saxon Burial Mounds in Literature and Archaeology by Hilda R. Ellis Davidson (1950)