Hannah McKendrick Bailey

University of Oxford

Hannah McKendrick Bailey - University of Oxford

I work on Old English literature, particularly on poetic compounds, architectural imagery, depictions of poor interpreters, and the conceptual cluster of ‘signs, brightness, and covenant’. I have also worked on Early Middle English narratives about Anglo-Saxon England. I am a contributor to the Trusted Source project.

Sutton Hoo burial mound and tree at sunrise

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A handcrafted replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet

What are the Beasts of Battle?

‘Beasts of Battle’ is a recurring image in Old English (Anglo-Saxon) and Old Norse (Viking) poetry. The three beasts are the raven, the eagle, and the wolf, who feast on the bodies of the slain.

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