The Barbarian North in Medieval Imagination

The Barbarian North in Medieval Imagination

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This book examines the sustained interest in legends of the pagan and peripheral North, tracing and analyzing the use of an a€˜out-of-Scandinaviaa€™ legend (Scandinavia as an ancestral homeland) in a wide range of medieval texts from all over Europe, with a focus on the Anglo-Saxon tradition. The pagan North was an imaginative region, which attracted a number of conflicting interpretations. To Christian Europe, the pagan North was an abject Other, but it also symbolized a place from which ancestral strength and energy derived. Rix maps how these discourses informed a€˜nationala€™ legends of ancestral origins, showing how an a€˜out-of-Scandinaviaa€™ legend can be found in works by several familiar writers including Jordanes, Bede, a€˜Fredegara€™, Paul the Deacon, Freculph, and A†thelweard. The book investigates how legends of northern warriors were first created in classical texts and since re-calibrated to fit different medieval understandings of identity and ethnicity. Among other things, the a€˜out-of-Scandinaviaa€™ tale was exploited to promote a legacy of a€˜barbariana€™ vigor that could withstand the negative cultural effects of Roman civilization. This volume employs a variety of perspectives cutting across the disciplines of poetry, history, rhetoric, linguistics, and archaeology. After years of intense critical interest in medieval attitudes towards the classical world, Africa, and the East, this first book-length study of a€˜the Northa€™ will inspire new debates and repositionings in medieval studies.But, I propose to reconsider whether it would be possible to conceive of and preserve a poem about heroic Danes during the period of the Viking attacks. ... The second part will train the critical lens on a significant ethnonym that can be found in Beowulf: Geatas. This is ... In terms of the written poem, a maximalist estimation confines the range of possible dates to the 300-year period between 7 Danes andanbsp;...

Title:The Barbarian North in Medieval Imagination
Author: Robert Rix
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-11-13

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