The Audience of Beowulf

The Audience of Beowulf

The Audience of Beowulf

The Audience of Beowulf

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The three lectures that follow were delivered at the invitation of the University of London in the Senate House in January and February 1950. They make no claim to be an exhaustive study of Beowulf, but merely consider some of its problems from a particular approach. This has necessitated the repeating of much that has often been said before, and no attempt is made to refer to previous writers on matters which are now universally accepted, for this could hardly have been done without writing much of the history of Beowulf scholarship in footnote form. In order to keep the footnotes within reasonable bounds I have confined them to references to original authorities, or to studies on the topics with which I have been specifically concerned.

I should like to express my gratitude to Sir Frank Stenton, Dr. K. Sisam, and Professor B. Dickins for reading this work in manuscript and giving me much helpful criticism and advice; to Miss B. Hill, of St. Hilda's College, for valuable help with the proofs; and to the staff of the Clarendon Press for the care and speed with which they have produced this book.

D. W.

ST. HILDA'S COLLEGE
OXFORD
9 September 1950 . . .

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