The Anglo-Saxon Warrior Ethic: Reconstructing Lordship in Early English Literature

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida

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Anglo-Saxon poems and fragments seem to preserve a long-standing Germanic code of heroic values, but John Hill shows that these values are probably not much older than the poems that record and advance them.

Author Biography

John M. Hill is professor of English language and literature at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(18)
Wiglaf's Rise to Dear Kinship: The Midwifery of Battle
Revenge and the Remaking of Group Identity in Beowulf: The Cases of Hengest, Ingeld, and Eadgils
Violence, Law, and Kingship in the Annals of West Saxon Feud: The Contests of Cyneheard (755) and Aethelwold (901, 905)
The Battle of Brunanburh and the Construction of Mythological Lordship
Triumphant Lordship and New Retainership in The Battle of Maldon
Conclusion 129(18)
Notes 147(14)
Works Cited 161(10)
Index 171

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