Benevolent Authoritarianism in Klaeber's Beowulf : An Editorial Translation of Kingship

  title={Benevolent Authoritarianism in Klaeber's Beowulf : An Editorial Translation of Kingship},
  author={Josephine Bloomfield},
  journal={MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly},
  pages={129 - 159}
  • J. Bloomfield
  • Published 1 June 1999
  • Art, Linguistics
  • MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly
Much of our understanding of Anglo-Saxon culture, even our notion of such institutions as Anglo-Saxon kingship, comes not from written histories but from translations and interpretations of the culture’s literary works. There are comparatively few historical documents to tell us about the period, and even extensive study and analysis of the extant wills, charters, diplomas, laws, and chronicles often lead to sparse results:1 information about what happens between humans, what values determine… 
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