Introductory Reading Lists

The following reading lists are designed for both prospective and current students and aim to give an impression of the subject matter of each of the various papers. We do not expect that you will read everything on these lists before you arrive in Cambridge, but we strongly recommend that you engage in some background reading for the papers that you intend to study. In most cases the books listed below are relatively inexpensive (most are paperback: pb), and may be available from (or can be ordered from) any normal bookseller or your local library.

Paper 1 - England before the Norman Conquest

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Paper 2 - Scandinavian history in the Viking Age

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Paper 3- The Brittonic-speaking peoples from the fourth century to the twelfth

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Paper 4- The Gaelic-speaking peoples from the fourth century to the twelfth

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Paper 5 - Old English language and literature

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Paper 6 - Old Norse language and literature

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Paper 7 - Medieval Welsh language and literature

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Paper 8 - Medieval Irish language and literature

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Paper 9 - Insular Latin language and literature

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Paper 10 - Palaeography and codicology

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