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Honour, exchange and violence in Beowulf

Author: Peter S Baker
Publisher: Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer Ltd., 2013.
Series: Anglo-Saxon studies, 20.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines violence in its social setting, and especially as an essential element in the heroic system of exchange (sometimes called the Economy of Honour). It situates Beowulf in a northern European culture where violence was not stigmatized as evidence of a breakdown in social order but rather was seen as a reasonable way to get things done; where kings and their retainers saw themselves above all as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Baker, Peter S.
Honour, Exchange and Violence in Beowulf.
Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer Ltd., ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter S Baker
ISBN: 9781782040798 178204079X
OCLC Number: 829460266
Description: 1 online resource (294 pages).
Contents: 1 Introduction --
2 Loot and the Economy of Honour --
3 Unferth's Gift --
4 The Angel in the Mead Hall --
5 Three Queens --
6 The Perils of Peacemaking --
7 Beowulf 's Last Triumph.
Series Title: Anglo-Saxon studies, 20.
Responsibility: Peter S. Baker.

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Argues for a new reading of Beowulf in its contemporary context, where honour and violence are intimately linked.  Read more...

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Fills a notable gap in modern scholarship, providing what will undoubtedly become the standard entry-point for historians keen to build ideas about honour into their work. ... [It] is an engaging, Read more...

 
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