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The Origins of Beowulf : and the Pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia - Sam Newton

The Origins of Beowulf

and the Pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia

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Published: 1st April 2004
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'A thoroughly plausible scenario for the poet's interest in affairs long ago and far away.' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 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 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 Anglia.SAM NEWTON was awarded his Ph.D. for work on Beowulf.

A thoroughly plausible scenario for the poet's interest in affairs long ago and far away' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Persuasive ... exciting. MICHAEL WOOD

Cogent and fascinating attempt to place - Beowulf in an 8c East Anglian context - an important book.Andy Orchard, Toronto

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Preface
The Genealogies of the Dynasties of Beowulf
The Genealogy of the Kings of East Anglia
The Beowulf Manuscriptp. 1
The Question of the Poem's Originp. 18
Beowulf and the Old English Royal Pedigreesp. 54
The Royal Name Hroomundp. 77
Wuffings and Wulfingsp. 105
East Anglia and the Making of Beowulfp. 132
Bibliographyp. 147
Index of Linesp. 165
General Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9780859914727
ISBN-10: 0859914720
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Type: New edition