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.
This is one of the best spoken books I've listened to. I do a lot of country driving and so I play a lot of audio books. They have to be engaging to listen to as well as having interesting content. Prof. Drout is very engaging and speaks directly to you. History as a subject tends to attract those sorts of professors who drone on and on. Not in this case. Drout is likable and expressive. His speaking voice is very engaging. And the content is very nicely balanced between being complex and thorough and yet not being esoteric or riddled with jargon. I have quite a number of modern scholar productions now written by Prof. Drout and have never been disappointed. I find these productions to be a brilliant way to learn and to revisit my own studies.
Drout's lecture series on Tolkien is also brilliant and worth getting. Don't hesitate. Get it. You will not regret it.
A New Angle on the Anglos!
This production is really worth getting. Drout really knows his stuff. And he keeps you engaged and interested all the way through.
Say something about yourself!
I really enjoyed this book and Drout is very entertaining, I got several of his other books as a result of this book.Highly recommend.
This was my first audiobook lecture by Drout. I have now bought several others as he is a great speaker and story teller. I really enjoyed this look back in history and learned more than I anticipated about the Anglo-Saxons both as it was and how the modern world see them.
Great professor who really gets into his lectures. Micheal Drout is fantastic and I will be getting more of his work.