Everyday Life in the Viking Age by Jacqueline Simpson, reviewed by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

This book on the life of the Viking Age stands out from many of this type in that the author throughout has used first-hand sources and the most recent scholarly authorities, many of them inaccessible to the reader without a knowledge of the Scandinavian languages. She has drawn widely on recent archaeological work in the … Continue reading Everyday Life in the Viking Age by Jacqueline Simpson, reviewed by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

The Anglo-Saxon Burial at Coombe [Woodnesborough]*, Kent by Hilda R. Ellis Davidson & Leslie Webster (1967)

*Coombe is a settlement in the English county of Kent. It lies between Ash-next-Sandwich and Woodnesborough. According to Edward Hasted in 1800, it was a hamlet in the western section of the parish of Woodnesborough. The village's name derives from Ancient Celtic cumbā "valley" which was taken into Old English. The name was recorded as æt … Continue reading The Anglo-Saxon Burial at Coombe [Woodnesborough]*, Kent by Hilda R. Ellis Davidson & Leslie Webster (1967)

Reviews of Pagan Scandinavia by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1967)

Review by: E. O. James, Folklore, Vol. 79, No. 1 (Spring, 1968), pp. 71-72. CONSIDERING the significance and importance of Scandinavian prehistoric archaeology and Northern antiquities the literature on the subject is surprisingly meagre compared with that devoted to other contemporary cultures. Therefore, this concise, very well informed and comprehensive survey of the religious symbolism in … Continue reading Reviews of Pagan Scandinavia by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1967)

Thor’s Hammer by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1965)

Even in our sophisticated, urban civilization, we can still feel something of the terror and marvel of a thunderstorm. 'That is God's voice speaking', I was solemnly told by my grandmother when I was a small child. When the thunder breaks, as it seems, directly overhead, it is either an inspiring or an intimidating experience, … Continue reading Thor’s Hammer by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1965)

Folklore and Man’s Past by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1963)

We realize now that folklore is not merely a study of survival - fossilized pieces of quaint tradition from a hypothetical past. Yet it does provide a link with the past, and as a student of early literature, archaeology and religion, this is the aspect of folklore studies with which I am most concerned. What … Continue reading Folklore and Man’s Past by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1963)

Reviews of “The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Archaeology and Literature” by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1962)

Review by: J.D.A. Ogilvy Source: The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Vol. 61, No. 4 (Oct., 1962), pp. 908-909 Besides archaeology and documents ranging from wills to epic poetry, this book draws upon modern knowledge of metallurgy and on contemporary experiments in producing pattern-welded swords. Although it deals chiefly with English swords, it contains … Continue reading Reviews of “The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Archaeology and Literature” by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1962)

The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 6: How Do We Know?]

How do we know how the Northumbrians lived and what happened in the Golden Age? There is no one easy answer to this, because we have found out what we know in a number of different ways, and it had been rather like piecing a jigsaw puzzle together. Some pieces of the puzzle are still … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 6: How Do We Know?]