Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript

Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript The story of Beowulf and his hard fought victory over the monster Grendel has captured the imagination of readers and listeners for a millennium The heroic Anglo Saxon story survives to the world in o

Beowulf Beowulf b e w l f Old English be o wulf is an Old English epic story consisting of , alliterative lines.It may be the oldest surviving long story in Old English and is commonly cited as one of the most important works of Old English literature.The date of composition is a matter of contention among scholars the only certain dating pertains to the manuscript, which

  • Title: Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript
  • Author: Kevin S. Kiernan
  • ISBN: 9780472084128
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • The story of Beowulf and his hard fought victory over the monster Grendel has captured the imagination of readers and listeners for a millennium The heroic Anglo Saxon story survives to the world in one eleventh century manuscript that was badly burned in 1731, and in two eighteenth century transcriptions of the manuscripts.Kevin S Kiernan, one of the world s foremost BeThe story of Beowulf and his hard fought victory over the monster Grendel has captured the imagination of readers and listeners for a millennium The heroic Anglo Saxon story survives to the world in one eleventh century manuscript that was badly burned in 1731, and in two eighteenth century transcriptions of the manuscripts.Kevin S Kiernan, one of the world s foremost Beowulf scholars, has studied the manuscript extensively with the most up to date methods, including fiber optic backlighting and computer digitization This volume reprints Kiernan s earlier study of the manuscript, in which he presented his novel conclusions about the date of Beowulf It also offers a new Introduction in which the author describes the value of electronic study of Beowulf, and a new Appendix that lists all the letters and parts of letters revealed by backlighting.This important volume will be a must read not only for the scholar of early English history and literature, but for all those who are interested in practical applications of the new technologies.

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    1. This highly technical palaeographical work explores the contents, construction and history of the Beowulf manuscript. To cut a long story short, Kiernan's study attempts to show that the Beowulf Manuscript has an eleventh century origin (never in doubt, see Ker's Catalogue), but Kiernan's controversial theories also place the composition of the poem as contemporary with the manuscript. Kiernan argues that the political climate at the time of king Cnut are the necessary conditions in which a poem [...]

    2. For years I (mistakenly) taught my students that Beowulf was composed around the year 700 and written down about 300 years later. Kevin Kiernan, by his meticulous study of the actual Beowulf manuscript, has argued convincingly that the poem was in fact composed and written down at the same time, in about the year 1000; in fact, he believes the second Beowulf copyist (of two) was the anonymous poet himself. Much of this book is highly technical regarding his analysis of the manuscript -- but it's [...]

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