Medieval Divider






  Dra. María de la Cruz González Expósito, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.













This course is designed as an introduction to the earliest written records of the English language, written in a language known as Old English or Anglo-Saxon. This period, divided in several sub-periods, dates from the 5th c. and continues up to the11th c. Later texts from the 11th c. to the 13th c. sometimes include texts in Old English or related to them by means of glossaries. The emphasis will be laid on helping the student get a first-hand knowledge of language itself as preserved in the documents and literary works that have come down to us, using a faithful edition of the primary sources in order to understand the mentalities of those who wrote them and developed a more up to date interpretation of the text from the extant evidence.

An adequate command of both written and oral English will be required in order to follow and pass this course.


         Students will be graded according to the quality and regularity of their course work and the results of written tasks and tests. Appropriate use of language in exercises, assignments and exams will be required. Serious deficiencies in that respect will not grant a pass.

       [Failure to attend classes regularly (missing more than 30% of class time)  and/or  the inability to hand in written assignments at the required dates will result in special final written and oral exams for those willing to pass the course] 


  1. The phrase and the sentence. Texts: exercises on taken from several sources.
  2. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: the passive and temporal constructions.
  3. Bede’s account of the poem Caedmon.
  4. The Seafarer: Classical or Germanic.  Verbs and verbal agreement.
  5. The Wanderer: The Seafarer: Classical or Germanic. Prepositions.
  6. The Battle of Maldon: Several concept related to Germanic mentalities. Lexis.
  7. The Dream of the Rood: The Ruthwell Cross Inscription.
  8. Beowulf1: Extracts: Comments on stylistic and grammatical features.
  9. Beowulf2: Extract: Comments
  10.  Beowulf3: Textual Unity.


Horas de clase semanales:   teóricas  2   +   prácticas  2   

Horario clases: lunes 9.40-11-20 y miércoles 9.40 – 11.20

Tutorías:   lunes:  11’20 – 12’20; martes 10-13’20; miércoles11’20-12’20;   Jueves: 10’40-11-20


 El horario de tutorías regirá exclusivamente durante el período de clases.

 El horario durante el período de exámenes será hecho público en su momento.

 Para consultas fuera de este horario se debe concertar cita o usar el correo electrónico.

 ECTS: 6





 Correo electrónico


Medieval Divider