The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook has been available for purchase for a few weeks now in the UK. Alas, the one downside to publishing on that side of the pond — in this case through the awesome University of Exeter Press — is that it takes a bit for books to cross the water. So while people in England have been holding and buying and reading this book, I hadn’t even seen it.
Here it is, alive and looking quite well, sitting on my office desk:
I have been so heavily involved in this book for so long that it’s a tremendous relief to see it completed. And the results are just fantastic. Exeter did a great job with the final touches, I think.
(In case anyone is interested, the book will be available here in the US — distributed by University of Chicago Press — starting on August 15. However, you can pre-order now via Amazon.)
Added bonus to this picture: Those of you with seriously keen eyesight and a working knowledge of the Old English language and/or Anglo-Saxon paleography may well recognize what I dropped my book on. Those are a couple of facsimile pages from the sole surviving copy of Beowulf. They’re a pretty good clue to the research project I have strewn across my desk right now.