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Origins of Beowulf: From Vergil to Wiglaf: From Vergil to Wiglaf Richard North

Origins of Beowulf: From Vergil to Wiglaf: From Vergil to Wiglaf

Richard North

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This book suggests that the Old English epic Beowulf was composed in the winter of 826-7 as a requiem for King Beornwulf of Mercia on behalf of Wiglaf, the ealdorman who succeeded him. The place of composition is given as the minster of Breedon onMoreThis book suggests that the Old English epic Beowulf was composed in the winter of 826-7 as a requiem for King Beornwulf of Mercia on behalf of Wiglaf, the ealdorman who succeeded him. The place of composition is given as the minster of Breedon on the Hill in Leicestershire and the poet isnamed as the abbot, Eanmund. As well as pinpointing the poems place and date of composition, Richard North raises some old questions relating to the poets influences from Vergil and from living Danes. Norse analogues are discussed in order to identify how the poet changed his heroic sources whilethree episodes from Beowulf are shown to be reworked from passages in Vergils Aeneid. One chapter assesses how the poems Latin sources might correspond with what is known of Breedons now-lost library while another seeks to explain Danish mythology in Beowulf by arguing that Breedon hosted ameeting with Danish Vikings in 809. This fascinating and challenging new study combines careful detective work with meticulous literary analysis to form a case that no future investigation will be able to ignore.