Eleanor Parker

is creating A Journey through the Anglo-Saxon Year

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At this tier you'll receive a weekly post looking an extract from an Old English text, together with thoughts on where we are in the cycle of the Anglo-Saxon year.

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As well as the weekly update, you'll get access to other posts on a range of topics, including one-off posts about special days in the year, Anglo-Saxon history, wisdom poetry, or whatever I feel like writing about at the time!

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About Eleanor Parker

Hello! I'm a writer and academic working on medieval English literature, and I'm passionate about sharing the lesser-known corners of my subject with the wider world. For a few years now I've been writing about all kinds of medieval topics at my blog, A Clerk of Oxford, as well as on Twitter, and as a columnist for History Today.

If you read my blog or follow me on Twitter, you'll know that over the past few years I've become interested in one particular aspect of Old English literature: how poets wrote about the seasons and the cycle of the year. The shape of the Anglo-Saxon year, through the passage of the seasons, festivals, and religious customs, offers some parallels with our modern sense of the yearly cycle, but at the same time can be intriguingly different and unfamiliar. There's also a fascinating link between seasonal descriptions and wisdom poetry, which explores what we can learn from nature and the interrelationship between human beings and the natural world. That's a theme which feels both topical and timeless.

This year I'm exploring this theme in greater depth as part of a larger project, and I thought it would be fun to take some of you with me on that journey here, if you want to come along. My posts will be aligned with the seasons, and the plan is to offer food for thought about seasonal changes, festivals, and saints' days, plus a sprinkling of other tidbits from Anglo-Saxon wisdom poetry and proverbs.

I'm hoping to use Patreon to share what I'm discovering, but also to build a closer relationship with some of the people who enjoy my work. I'm so grateful for all of those I've encountered through my writing online, and I'd love to get to know some of you better in this more private space if you're willing to support me. Almost all of my academic research and writing is unpaid, so I do need the financial support, and moral support too! The patron-creator relationship is highly valued in medieval literature, and many great medieval works would never have been produced without generous patrons. It's nice to think of that relationship coming back to life again in the 21st century.
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