Winters in the World

Winters in the World


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Publisher’s Review 

Winters in the World is a beautifully observed journey through the cycle of the year in Anglo-Saxon England, exploring the festivals, customs and traditions linked to the different seasons. Drawing on a wide variety of source material, including poetry, histories and religious literature, Eleanor Parker investigates how Anglo-Saxons felt about the annual passing of the seasons and the profound relationship they saw between human life and the rhythms of nature. Many of the festivals we celebrate in Britain today have their roots in the Anglo-Saxon period, and this book traces their surprising history, as well as unearthing traditions now long forgotten. It celebrates some of the finest treasures of medieval literature and provides an imaginative connection to the Anglo-Saxon world.

'A lyrical journey through the Anglo-Saxon year...[this book] is a beautiful, charming, and evocative voyage into what, to many of us, seems a very distant past...Parker shows herself to be a master of her subject. Her knowledge is superb; her writing a form of poetry itself...No-one can come away from this book still believing the Anglo-Saxons to have lived through the "Dark Ages."' — Get History

'In this wonderfully poetic journey through the Anglo-Saxon year, Parker offers a profound meditation on time and the world, nature and its seasons. Plunging the reader into the glorious cadences of Old English poetry with her supple translations, Parker brings to vivid life the terrors of winter, spring’s promise, the joyful warmth of summer , and the melancholy of autumn, powerfully connecting us with a rich and vital past that we have not quite lost.' — Carolyne Larrington, professor of Medieval European literature, University of Oxford