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Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic

A unique multidisciplinary course incorporating elements of history, archaeology and medieval languages, which provides opportunities for specialisation from the first year.
โŒ›๏ธLast updated: April 5, 2020, 4:26 p.m.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic.


Overview ๐Ÿ”— This is the ASNaC section of the University undergraduate prospectus. The most important information about the course is here, including entry requirements, course structure, and prerequisites.

Faculty website ๐Ÿ”— This is the official Faculty webpage for prospective undergraduates, which links to various resources. The most important of them is the Faculty of ASNaC undergrad prospectus ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ which gives a general overview of what studying ASNaC at Cambridge is like.

Unofficial prospectus ๐Ÿ”— This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Cambridge University Student Union; itโ€™s written based on studentsโ€™ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as a ASNaC student is like, compared to official materials.


History with Hilbert YouTube channel ๐Ÿ”— Have a look at this YouTube channel created by a Cambridge ASNaC student for a glimpse into the kinds of topics which you can study as part of the course.

If you can access the British Library or the British Museum, try to have a look at some manuscripts to see what itโ€™s like to work with primary sources.

Spoken Word ๐Ÿ”— The University has created this resource which allow you to gain an insight into the languages you can study as part of the course, and the importance of understanding how they were intended to be spoken aloud.

Look into some Irish and Welsh myths to see if youโ€™d like to study their language and content at a deeper level as part of the course! Donโ€™t worry, youโ€™re not expected to be fluent in Old Norse or Medieval Welsh when you arrive; youโ€™ll be taught the languages from scratch during the course.

See if your local library has a copy of relevant books including R.I. Pageโ€™s โ€˜Chronicles of the Vikingsโ€™ or J. Bachouseโ€™s โ€˜The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Artโ€™.

Application Resources

Reading Lists ๐Ÿ”— These are the reading lists for the papers that first-years take. Donโ€™t be intimidated by how long they are; theyโ€™re intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly no one reads everything anyway.

FAQ ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Some useful answers to common questions about the application process.

InsideUni ASNaC interview experiences
๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. Weโ€™re biased, but we think theyโ€™re useful!

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