Anglo-Saxon England is the only publication which consistently embraces all the main aspects of study of Anglo-Saxon history and culture - linguistic, literary, textual, palaeographic, religious, intellectual, historical, archaeological and artistic - and which promotes the more unusual interests - in music or medicine or education, for example. Articles in volume 39 include: 'Why is the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle about kings?' by Nicholas Brooks, 'The Old English Life of St Neot and the legends of King Alfred' by Malcolm Godden, 'The Edgar poems and the poetics of failure in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle' by Scott Thompson Smith and an article focusing on the new discovery of an eighteenth Agnus Dei penny of King 'thelred the Unready by Simon Keynes and Mark Blackburn. A comprehensive bibliography concludes the volume, listing publications on Anglo-Saxon England during 2009.
1. Record of the fourteenth conference of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists at Memorial University, St John's, Newfoundland, 26? 31 July 2009 Mary Swan; 2. Aldhelm and Old St Peter's, Rome Joanna Story; 3. The maritime imagination and the paradoxical mind in Old English poetry Antonina Harbus; 4. Why is the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle about kings? Nicholas Brooks; 5. Royal wisdom and the Alfredian context of Cynewulf and Cyneheard Francis Leneghan; 6. The Edgar poems and the poetics of failure in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Scott Thompson Smith; 7. The star-like soul in the metra of the Old English Boethius Karmen Lenz; 8. The Homiliary of Angers in tenth-century England Winfried Rudolf; 9. The Old English Life of St Neot and the legends of King Alfred Malcolm Godden; 10. An eighteenth Agnus Dei penny of King 'thelred the Unready Simon Keynes and Mark Blackburn; Bibliography for 2009 Paul G. Remley, Martha Bayless, Carole P. Biggam, Mark Blackburn, Felicity H. Clark, Fiona Edmonds, Carole Hough, Simon Keynes and Rebecca Rushforth.