Discover 'Beowulf' on the British Library website
What can some of literature’s most famous heroes teach us? From the epic hero (like Beowulf) to the tragic hero (like Oedipus), each has something distinctive to share. April Gudenrath describes the many faces of the fictional hero -- and shows how they can inspire everyday people.
How can an antihero teach us about the heroic--and sometimes, the unheroic--characteristics that shape a story’s protagonist? From jealousy to self-doubt, Tim Adams challenges us to consider how anti
Discover the history of Anglo-Saxons in Britain: Who they were, where they came from, their culture, their influence on Britain and much more.
What trials unite not only Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins but many of literature's most interesting heroes? And what do ordinary people have in common with these literary heroes? Matthew Winkler takes us step-by-step through the crucial events that make or break a hero.
A comparative look at King Arthur, Moses, Luke Skywalker, Simba, and William Wallace as archetypal heroes
Have you held the sword? Have you felt its weight? Have you felt how sharp and strong the blade is? A deadly weapon and symbol of power -- jewellery for a man, with 'magical properties'. The sword gave power to the warrior, but the warrior's strength could also be transferred to the sword. That is how they were bound together: man and weapon, warrior and sword.
In 1939, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, an archaeologist named Basil Brown excavated the largest of 18 burial mounds in the grounds of a country house at Sutton Hoo, eastern England. Inside, he discovered a spectacular undisturbed burial in a vast ship. The burial dated to the early AD 600s, when Sutton Hoo belonged to the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia. The extraordinarily rich grave goods suggested that the ship burial commemorated a very high-ranking man – possibly even a king…