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ISBN10: 1842931539
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The legend of Beowulf and Grendel is one of the founding works of modern Western literature. It tells the story of the monster-slaying hero, Beowulf, who frees the feasting hall of a Danish king from the 12-year tyranny of the hideous creature Grendel. For decades, scholars have assumed that the warrior Beowulf was based on an actual historic person, but that Grendel was the work of imagination. In "Beowulf and Grendel, John Grigsby reveals the true basis for Grendel's battle with Beowulf. Grigsby explains how a cult migrated to England from Denmark and Germany, bringing with it a practice of human sacrifice. It is the violent suppression of this cult in the fifth century that underlies Beowulf's fantastic deeds. Fusing historical research with literary study, Grigsby presents a compelling case for the true-life roots of a classic work of art.

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neko_chan83, November 28, 2006 (view all comments by neko_chan83)
If you are looking for a piece of historical information on Beowulf and Grendel, seek out another book. This book is based largely on literary analysis and minimally on actually historical documentation.
I would suggest this book as a pleasure read, looking at the fantastical notion of a race of men like Grendel roaming the early Anglo-Saxon world.

Good book for what it is, but it is definitely not history.
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ISBN:
9781842931530
Subtitle:
The Truth Behind England's Oldest Legend
Publisher:
Watkins Publishing
Author:
Grigsby, John
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Subject:
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Reference
Subject:
BG-HUMOR/GAMES - BG-HUMOR
Subject:
General Self-Help
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19990101
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 color illus.
Pages:
244
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in

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Humanities » Mythology » British
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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