- Consists of a series of original essays written by prominent specialists in the field in honour of the eminent Oxford scholar, Bruce Mitchell (co-author of the best-selling textbook, A Guide to Old English, 6th edition, Blackwell, 2001).
- Encourages readers to engage with the literary, cultural, intellectual, religious and historical contexts of Old English texts.
- Explores the problems scholars face in interpreting and editing Old English texts.
- Highlights the essential secondary literature for each topic.
Each of the contributors writes in a straightforward and authoritative style, drawing out connections between different contexts and pointing readers towards the essential secondary literature for each topic.