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The Husband's Message

The Husband's Message


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The Husband's Message Resources


Translation of "The Husband's Message"

This is the translation we used in this guide. It comes from Old and Middle English c. 890 – c. 1400: An Anthology, edited and translated by Elaine Treharne.

Another Translation of "The Husband's Message"

This 1911 translation is from Early English Poems, selected and edited by Henry Pancoast and Duncan Spaeth.

England c. 450 -- 1066 In a Nutshell

At anglo-saxons.net you can find information about the history, culture, and famous figures of Anglo-Saxon England. It also links to side-by-side translations of four old Germanic poems, "Deor," "The Seafarer," "The Wanderer" and the Old Norse "Havamál."

British Museum Anglo-Saxon Holdings

Explore the British Museum's collection of Anglo-Saxon artifacts, from a spooky-looking knight's helmet to beautiful, ornate twisted-gold jewelry of the sort the messenger describes in the poem.

The Staffordshire Hoard

Anglo-Saxonists were bowled over by the recent discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest gold-hoard ever to be unearthed. This site collects information about its discovery and history and allows you to view hundreds of objects from the hoard.

Sutton Hoo

Before the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the Sutton Hoo burial site was the largest source of Anglo-Saxon artifacts. The Sutton Hoo Society's website provides images of the site and artifacts as well as its own, extremely comprehensive "best of the web"-like page for Anglo-Saxon literature, history, and archaeology.

Old English Aerobics

Professor Peter Baker's online "workout room" for learning Old English provides a guide to the grammar and vocabulary of the language accompanied by game-like exercises to reinforce the lessons.


Anglo-Saxon Aloud

Professor Michael D.C. Drout reads "The Husband's Message" aloud in Old English. The "Anglo-Saxon Aloud" project aims to provide online recordings of the entire Anglo-Saxon Poetic Record, as well as some prose works.


The Exeter Book

Although we weren't able to find a picture of "The Husband's Message" in its manuscript form, you can view other similar poems from The Exeter Book, including "The Wanderer" and "Deor."

Historical Documents

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

The history of Anglo-Saxon England as written by the Anglo-Saxons themselves.

Riddles from The Exeter Book

Interested in reading more of the poems in The Exeter Book? Check out this website, which provides the texts of other "riddles" plus modern English translation.


Anglo-Saxon Poetry, edited and translated by S.A.J. Bradley

This anthology contains prose translations of a lot of Anglo-Saxon poetry. These translations are probably the most faithful to the originals in terms of word choice and syntax.

The Anglo-Saxon World, edited and translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Young-adult fiction author Kevin Crossley-Holland's interpretations of Anglo-Saxon poetry and prose are beautiful but not faithful translations. They provide a good, accessible introduction to the Anglo-Saxon literature.

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