Andy Orchard is Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and a Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Oxford.
A comprehensive new collection beautifully edited...Riddles represent the whole of Anglo-Saxon life. These short pieces range about as widely as possible in tone and form, from ribald cracks to grammar lessons to ornate religious puzzles by the archbishop of Canterbury. For perhaps the first time, Orchard's collection gathers these early medieval riddles from across centuries and languages. -- Adrienne Raphael * New York Times Book Review *