The Origins of Beowulf: And the Pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (2020)

The Origins of Beowulf And the Pre Viking Kingdom of East Anglia Where did Beowulf unique and thrilling example of an Old English epic poem come from In whose hall did the poem s maker first tell the tale The poem exists now in just one manuscript but careful stu
  • Title: The Origins of Beowulf: And the Pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia
  • Author: Sam Newton
  • ISBN: 9780859914727
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • Where did Beowulf, unique and thrilling example of an Old English epic poem come from In whose hall did the poem s maker first tell the tale The poem exists now in just one manuscript, but careful study of the literary and historical associations reveals striking details which lead Dr Newton to claim, as he pieces together the various clues, a specific origin for the poeWhere did Beowulf, unique and thrilling example of an Old English epic poem come from In whose hall did the poem s maker first tell the tale The poem exists now in just one manuscript, but careful study of the literary and historical associations reveals striking details which lead Dr Newton to claim, as he pieces together the various clues, a specific origin for the poem Dr Newton suggests that references in Beowulf to the heroes whose names are listed in Anglo Saxon royal genealogies indicate that such Northern dynastic concerns are most likely to have been fostered in the kingdom of East Anglia He supports his thesis with evidence drawn from East Anglian archaeology, hagiography and folklore His argument, detailed and passionate, offers the exciting possibility that he has discovered the lost origins of the poem in the pre Viking kingdom of 8th century East AngliaM NEWTON was awarded his Ph.D for work on Beowulf.
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    One Reply to “The Origins of Beowulf: And the Pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia”

    1. The arguments in this book are not always persuasive, in a finalizing way there re too many could bes, and not enough analyses and rejections of contradictory theses in a word not enough control groups or rigor for me to feel like Newton has closed the book on the subject But what s fascinating is the book that Newton has opened instead Not the definite conclusion but the plausible possibility that a character from Beowulf could have sailed out of the poem and into the real world on an adventure [...]

    2. You know that you are in for a tough read when the opening paragraph advises you to keep to hand a copy of the original Anglo Saxon text Apparently translations into modern English are for softies Indeed, some of this book was remarkably heavy going, even for somebody interested in the subject and with some knowledge of the period under discussion It was, however, fascinating I m not sure that I agree with all the author s deductions and conclusions, but even when I disagree his reasoning is fas [...]

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