I have an interest in Anglo-Saxon, which so far I've been pursuing by
buying as many books on Anglo-Saxon as I can find. I've even read most of
them, although not much has actually lodged in my brain. I plan to buy a copy
of Keele University's Anglo-Saxon course, priced £70 last time I asked them,
which includes cassette tapes. Tapes are good for me, because I can remember
arbitrary sounds more easily than arbitrary text. This is also why I bought a
dual CD of Beowulf in Anglo-Saxon too, although it's spoken too swiftly for
me to follow easily, even with the text in front of me.
This is the list of my Anglo-Saxon library. The best book is probably the
first listed. Both of the Introduction/Invitation books include a fair amount
of historical detail as well, which makes them more generally interesting.
An Invitation to Old English and Anglo-Saxon England [Bruce Mitchell;
AElfric's Lives Of Saints [Oxford University Press]
An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England [Peter Hunter Blair; Cambridge
Selections From The Old English Bede [W J Sedgefield; Manchester University
Sweet's Anglo-Saxon Primer [ninth edition; Revised by Norman Davis;
Oxford Clarendon Press]
A Second Anglo-Saxon Reader, Archaic and Dialectical [second edition;
Henry Sweet, revised by T F Hoad; Oxford Clarendon Press]
And a few new ones...
A Programmed Course in Old English (book+6 cassettes) [Barbera Raw; Keele University]