Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript

Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript

Kevin S. Kiernan


The tale of Beowulf and his hard-fought victory over the monster Grendel has captured the mind's eye of readers and listeners for a millennium. The heroic Anglo-Saxon tale survives to the area in a single eleventh-century manuscript that was once badly burned in 1731, and in eighteenth-century transcriptions of the manuscripts.
Kevin S. Kiernan, one of many world's most well known Beowulf scholars, has studied the manuscript generally with the main up to date tools, together with fiber-optic backlighting and desktop digitization. This quantity reprints Kiernan's previous learn of the manuscript, within which he awarded his novel conclusions concerning the date of Beowulf. It additionally deals a brand new creation during which the writer describes the price of digital research of Beowulf, and a brand new Appendix that lists all of the letters and components of letters printed by way of backlighting.
This vital quantity should be a must-read not just for the coed of early English historical past and literature, yet for all people who find themselves drawn to functional purposes of the hot technologies.

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