Today I received a copy of Elves in Anglo-Saxon England by Alaric Hall. I know, I know. This is not your usual book to exist, let alone want a copy of. But it does not assume by any means that elves were alive and well in Anglo-Saxon times, but explores the meaning and reason for the concept of elves existing, more as a pre-Christian concept, as well as comparing it medieval Irish and Scandinavian sources . Plus, the author’s name — Alaric — is wonderfully medieval in its own right.
So, thank you to Boydell & Brewer for sending a copy and I look forward to reviewing it.
Medieval history is one of my passions (I’m even writing a book within this period!) and so every once in a while I’ll review a very unusual book on this period. The last one that I can bring to memory is The Age of Sutton Hoo (from the same publisher), though I have reviewed a number of medieval history and nonfiction books in the past, including: Vikings, Saxons, and Celts, God’s Crucible, Mysteries of the Middle Ages, Barbarians to Angels, and The Inheritance of Rome.