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Old English Literature: A Short Introduction by Daniel Donoghue

By Daniel Donoghue

Outdated English Literature: a quick creation / Древнеанглийская литература: Краткое введение КУЛЬТУРА и ИСКУССТВО,НАУКА и УЧЕБА Автор: Daniel Donoghue Название: previous English Literature: a brief advent / Древнеанглийская литература: Краткое введение Издательство: Wiley-Blackwell Год: 2004 Формат: pdf (rar + 3%) Размер: 1,1 Мб Язык: АнглийскийВ книге представлен подробный анализ старинных текстов в тесной связи с историческим контекстом описанных в них событий.This cutting edge and fascinating advent to previous English literature is dependent round what the writer calls "figures" from Anglo-Saxon tradition: the Vow, the corridor, the Miracle, the Pulpit, and the Scholar.An cutting edge and exciting creation to outdated English literature.Structured round "figures" from Anglo-Saxon tradition: the Vow, the corridor, the Miracle, the Pulpit, and the Scholar.Situates outdated English literary texts inside a cultural framework.Creates new connections among diverse genres, classes and authors.Combines shut textual research with historic context.Based at the author’s a long time adventure of educating outdated English literature. eighty five

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Something of the change can be sensed in the brief entry for 991 in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, which succinctly puts the battle at Maldon in the context of other events: In this year Ipswich was ravaged, and very soon afterwards Ealdorman Byrhtnoth was slain at Maldon. In that year the advice was first given that payment should be made to the Danish people because of the great terror they wrought along the coast. It was initially ten thousand pounds. Archbishop Sigeric first gave that advice. (Guide p.

However, The Battle of Maldon has a different agenda, in which the manner of the hero’s death is more important than the killing of Vikings. Its account makes the 21 T HE V OW fighting seem one-sided. Beginning with Ælfwine (209), each man’s speech is followed by his return to the melee, in which the inevitability of each death seems to go beyond the ambiguous workings of fate; it is almost automatic. Ælfwine and some others have modest success in fighting, but for a poem with so many battle scenes the tally of enemy killed is slight (which is to say it may be realistic, but that is not the point).

It helps to remember the exhortations of Wulfstan and Ælfric, who as clerics had a primary concern with the spiritual welfare of the people, but each felt motivated enough by events in the secular world to lament and condemn the erosion of treowF. The sequence of speeches in The Battle of Maldon, while echoing the older ethos of loyalty to one’s leader and a personal code of honor, becomes a means of addressing the same social crisis as Wulfstan’s Sermo Lupi and Ælfric’s unfinished letter addressed.

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