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Wulfstan Goes to War: Items belonging to an 11th century Anglo-Saxon thegn
It is time.
The bishop and the notable men of the county have assembled. Wulfstan charters a nunnery, something his daughter has been petitioning him for, and presses his seal to it. The bishop and the others witness it.
“As long as they are here,” he thinks to himself, and declares his intentions for the disposition of his worldly goods after his death. The bishop takes up a quill and writes what he says. He reads it back, and the men agree it is a fair record of what they heard.
He had sent for a wandering scop to come this evening, to provide song and story for his distinguished guests. He requests the old tale of Beowulf, the mighty hero who conquered an unbeatable monster. A monster is coming to England, and he will need a hero's strength to fight it alongside his king.
In the morning, he departs. His wife presses a small banner into his hands. All made of gold and silk, it is a rich token. “I am going to war,” he protests. “A plain ensign is all I need.”
“Well, you know what this is worth,” she says. “I will need for you to bring it back.” Her eyes convey the gravity of this task.
“If God wills it,” he replies, and smiles for her sake.