By Corinne Saunders
A better half to Medieval Poetry provides a sequence of unique essays from major literary students that discover English poetry from the Anglo-Saxon interval as much as the fifteenth century. Organised into 3 elements to echo the chronological and stylistic divisions among the Anglo-Saxon, heart English and Post-Chaucerian sessions, every one part is brought with contextual essays, offering a priceless advent to the society and tradition of the time Combines a normal dialogue of genres of medieval poetry, with particular attention of texts and authors, together with Beowulf , Sir Gawain and the golf green Knight , Chaucer, Gower and Langland gains unique essays by way of eminent students, together with Andy Orchard, Carl Schmidt, Douglas grey, and Barry Windeatt, who current a number theoretical, historic, and cultural methods to analyzing medieval poetry, in addition to supplying shut research of person texts and traditions
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It was precisely this kind of moral laxity of the Anglo-Saxons, Alcuin observes with hindsight, and drawing on the parallel deductions of Gildas with regard to the Britons, that made them ripe in God’s eyes for retribution in the forms of murderous invaders: for the Britons, Anglo-Saxons; for the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle provides a grim catalogue of what was to prove more than two centuries of Viking depredations that culminated in the division of AngloSaxon England in King Alfred’s time, and its conquest in the time of King Æthelred.
493) directed at a earlier stage of his career some excoriating prose. Like Offa, Æthelwulf can apparently trace his ancestry back to Woden, although unusually, and in a clear spirit of demonstrating that Woden was a man, not a god, Woden’s own genealogy is extended backwards, taking in legendary figures who appear (for example) in Beowulf, and leading back to an Ark-born son of Noah; the line from Noah back to Adam is biblically sanctioned and presented in the genealogy rather differently from the Germanic style of patronymic ending in -ing that precedes it (Sisam 1953; Dumville 1976; Dumville 1986; Anlezark 2002).
The revival of Anglo-Saxon fortunes occurred primarily in the reign of King Alfred of Wessex (who ruled 971–99), not for nothing known later as ‘the Great’ (Keynes 1996; Keynes 2003; Keynes and Lapidge 1983). Alfred’s own estimation of the importance of his achievements can be measured to some extent through the various versions of The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the common core of which was compiled during Alfred’s reign, early in the 890s. In attempting an assessment of Alfred’s own concerns, one might compare, for example, two evidently set-piece genealogies of Anglo-Saxon kings preserved in The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
A Companion to Medieval Poetry by Corinne Saunders