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Published: 01 January 2013

416 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719063992

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Water and fire

The myth of the flood in Anglo-Saxon England

Daniel Anlezark

Published by Manchester University Press

Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture MUP

  • Presents the first comprehensive study of the incorporation of the Flood myth into the literary and historical imagination of the Anglo-Saxons, ranging from the works of Bede to Beowulf
  • Focuses on literary representations, this original study contributes to the understanding of how the Christian Anglo-Saxons perceived their place in the cosmos
  • Examines in detail a diverse range of texts which focus on the myth of the Flood, revealing both an imaginative diversity and shared interpretations of the myth Discusses shifting emphases in the way the Flood was interpreted for diverse Anglo-Saxon audiences
  • Concludes with discussion of Beowulf, where the Flood myth constitutes a sustained metaphor across the poem

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