I have to admit, I bought this lecture on an Audible sale and was only mildly interested in the topic. But Prof. Drout is so obviously fascinated by this subject that he made me fascinated as well. He talks in "normal" language, and has just the right amount of humorous rambling every once in a while that it felt like he was just chatting with me in my living room. I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture and highly recommend it whether you are interested in this subject or not!
Prof. Drout livelily explains Anglo-Saxon history, culture, literature, and its people in his work "The Modern Scholar: The Anglo-Saxon World". I felt as if I was learning about someone so close to me, instead of some distant culture happened a long time ago in the history. Despite of the length (7+ hours), I truly enjoyed every bit of the lesson. Now I am listening for the second time!
I had always thought I was probably German until I started my geneology and found most of my family lines that had german sounding names fed into o from Great Britian. This book directly tells my family history in that section and time in the world.
Very well done. In-depth history of a fascinating era that still influences our culture today. Also offers plenty of "color" in the original Old English so one really gets a feel for the language. Time well spent!
Reader, writer, quilter, needleworker, Kentuckian.
Fabulous as always. Drout is my favorite Modern Scholar lecturer. He is deeply knowledgeable and deeply passionate about his subjects. His lectures are conversational, insightful, and laced with humor. Highly recommend this and all his lectures.
Yes -- I will be teaching Anglo-Saxon lit to high schoolers in the fall, and purchased this as a way to fill in the history behind the texts. Dr. Drout makes the complex as simple as possible and is well organized. The PDF download is excellent -- much better than the textual supplements for the Great Courses series. Dr. Drout's website is also a fantastic resource that I will make significant use of for my course. Thanks Dr. Drout!
I enjoyed the readings from the Anglo-Saxon lit (though they may have been a bit long at times), and I appreciated his clear and well-organized presentations.
This was a good lecture series, neatly broken up into the important periods and topics of the 500-ish years of the Anglo-Saxon era. I was very amused by Professor Drout's mnemonic device for the century-long divisions. I can honestly say I will never forget it. I loved the old English quotes and excerpts that he began each lecture with, and the discussions of the language and its development. He told stories of battles and kings, but also common people, the church, and about their literature. He was easy to follow, and always made everything interesting and easy to comprehend. Complications ensued with some of the dynasties and fighting over successions, especially when so many of the names sound alike - or were even the same, in the case of the many Harolds just preceding the Norman conquest... But nonetheless it made for a great narrative throughout, and I do feel that I've learned things -ranging from historic, religious, to linguistic and literature, and even some more modern cultural echoes and revivals. Thomas Jefforson's interest in the study of Anglo-Saxon made for an interesting and rather unexpected topic near the end.
Prof had very engaging manner of speaking, and his enthusiasm and expertise for the subject was highly evident. Recommended to those who are interested in the period, be it the history, culture, literature, or language... there was something for everyone.