Water and Fire: The Myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England - Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture (Hardback)
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Water and Fire: The Myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England - Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture (Hardback)

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Noah's Flood is one of the Bible's most popular stories, and flood myths survive in many cultures today. This book presents the first comprehensive examination of the incorporation of the Flood myth into the Anglo-Saxon imagination. Focusing on literary representations, it contributes to our understanding of how Christian Anglo-Saxons perceived their place in the cosmos. For them, history unfolded between the primeval Deluge and a future - perhaps imminent - flood of fire, which would destroy the world. This study reveals both an imaginative diversity and shared interpretations of the Flood myth. Anglo-Saxons saw the Flood as a climactic event in God's ongoing war with his more rebellious creatures, but they also perceived the mystery of redemption through baptism.

Anlezark studies a range of texts against their historical background, and discusses shifting emphases in the way the Flood was interpreted for diverse audiences. The book concludes with a discussion of Beowulf, relating the epic poem's presentation of the Flood myth to that of other Anglo-Saxon texts.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719063985
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 617 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This is a fine and highly rewarding book for students of Saxon literature, history, and culture and those interested in religious myth and Christian thought.'
Catherine Cubitt, University of York , Journal of British Studies, Vol. 49, No. 1

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