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The Origins of Beowulf


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The "Beowulf" manuscript; the question of the poem's origin; "Beowulf" and the Old English royal pedigrees; the royal name "Hrodmund"; Wuffings and Wulfings; East Anglia and the making of "Beowulf".


Cogent and fascinating attempt to place the composition of Beowulf in an eighth-century East Anglian context, through a careful survey of an impressive array of supporting palaeographical, genealogical, archaeological, and literary-historical evidence... An important book, and deserves serious attention... Dr Newton has now shifted the burden of proof onto those who would detract from his thesis. In such a deeply-entrenched field as modern Beowulf-studies, this is of itself a considerable achievement. ANDREW ORCHARD, DEPT OF ANGLO-SAXON, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGEA useful survey of work on the manuscript, language, metrics, archaeology (Especially East Anglian ship burials), and, in particular, the connections of Anglo-Saxon royal genealogies with named figures in the poem... an informed and well-balanced study of the state of the argument. EARLY MEDIEVAL EUROPEA thoroughly plausible scenario for the poet's interest in affairs long ago and far away. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT [Tom Shippey]This up-to-date and shrewd book must be regarded as a major contribution in its field. ANTIQUARIES JOURNAL [Rupert Bruce-Mitford]

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