began with contributions by highly respected scholars in the field of
early medieval studies, who were interested in applying the comparative
approach of cultural icons at the end of this millennium to the study
of Anglo-Saxon England. These founding scholars have formed the basis
of our editorial board and are charged with refereeing contributions
to the site from other scholars.
however, is not solely an academic one. The site is accessible to members
of the general public who are interested in the Old English period,
and in particular comparing their experiences today with that of their
peers one thousand years ago. A plain style has been adopted throughout
to explain concepts as clearly and straightforwardly as possible.
an introduction designed to provide our readers with a basic orientation,
the link between the concept of the millennium and apocalyptic notions
is explored, followed by, in turn, such topics as time and culture,
religious practice, human relationships and sex, popular entertainment,
politics and society, and heroic deeds and war in six chapters, as described
below. Each section considers attitudes of the Anglo-Saxons in the several
areas, drawing on literature, art, and historical documents, and compares
them to our own attitudes as demonstrated by current events, popular
culture and contemporary analysis.
of this site are therefore:
compare the two societies by exploring similarities and differences
in terms of general human attitudes.
it is debatable as to how much we can learn from the society of Anglo-Saxon
England to help with modern-day perceptions, this book will aim at the
very least to show that England in the last millennium was not in a
Dark Age, and it may point to interesting insights into our own culture.
create a groundswell of interest in Anglo-Saxon England amongst the
Board consists of an invited series of experts in the field. They have
all contributed to the site and in addition have been asked to referee
all submissions for publication. The board consists of: