Beowulf and the Demise of Germanic Legend in England

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Garland, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 237 pages
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Applies comparative cultural history, or historical anthropology, to the study of Germanic legend as embedded in Beowulf and other Old English poetry. Demonstrates how the core legend of the bear-hero was shaped to serve successive ideological and political interests, and why Germanic legend vanished from England long before the Norman Conquest. Discusses pagan and Christian influences, the hero's two fights, and the kin-feud element. Excerpts are in the original and in modern English. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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The Conversion of England to Christianity
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Davis graduated from Georgia Tech and was immediately called to active duty as a reserve officer in the U.S. Army. After his release from active duty he spent a year in Brazil as an instructor with the Brazilian Air Ministry before entering Harvard Law School, where he graduated with the class of 1949. Two years later he was recalled into the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Then followed a career as an executive in the aerospace industry.

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