Beowulf & The Anglo-saxons
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
I do take a little issue with the neglect of the influence of Roman cavalry armour on the Sutton Hoo helmet. But, this is nit-picky on my part. I would recomend this for anyone teaching British literature, or world history, or just for your own edification...benefits will accrue! Add it to your curriculum today, integrate it into your lesson plans.
I felt this video did an excellent job of integrating the story of the poem Beowulf with the culture that produced it. The DVD covers the story of Beowulf, an idealized dark age warrior, who faces epic struggles during his life. Many of these struggles are possibly metaphorical representations of the subsuming of pagan religions by Christianity. Beowulf is very much an "ideal" warrior in his conduct, his sense of honor and loyalty. The video covers some of the technical aspects of the poetic style in which it was composed. Credit is given to JRR Tolkien for being able to see the sophistication of the poem itself and its structure.
The video does a good job of chronicling the history and culture of the Anglo-Saxons, a germanic people, showing accurate representations of dress, feasting, the social bonds which held their society together as well as life in their villages and mead halls. The reenactments were generally good and useful in showing aspects of the culture that tie in to the Beowulf story.
The video touches on places like Sutton Hoo and the West Stow archeological sites to give the viewer an idea of what life was like during that period. It was both useful and enjoyable to see archeological finds and the artifacts which can tell us a great deal about the people who lived and were buried in these places.
The video was well made.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good informational video about the Anglo-Saxon time period. Good visuals, and explanations of the culture and times. Helpful for students studying early English period.Published on December 8, 2013 by Luanne C. Rusk
This is a very good and necessary educational product for the high school classroom teacher who loves to teach Beowulf!!Published on February 13, 2013 by Betsy A. Hester
This DVD had the potential to be great... however, I simply could not understand a word the narrator was saying. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Mike Shaw
I was very disappointed in this very short and not very informative film. As there could of been a lot more added to this film but was not. Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by David D. Lawson
I ordered this movie to show to my high school English class as a pre-reading activity for Beowulf. But when I opened it up to preview before showing it to my class, I realized... Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by Genevieve M Walker
Beowulf is a myth character known in France, Scandinavia, England, and through the whole Anglo-Saxon world, like the later Robin Hood.
First off, I agree with most of the reviews about this DVD. The information is first-rate, and I found it to be fascinating. Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by Amazon Customer