By Catherine A.M. Clarke
The formation and operation of structures of strength and patronage in Anglo-Saxon England are at the moment the point of interest of concerted scholarly awareness. This ebook explores how energy is formed and negotiated in later Anglo-Saxon texts, focusing specifically on how hierarchical, vertical constructions are offered along styles of reciprocity and economies of mutual legal responsibility, specifically in the context of patronage relationships (whether secular, religious, literal or symbolic). via shut research of a big variety of resources within the vernacular and Latin (including the Guthlac poems of the Exeter booklet, outdated English verse epitaphs, the acrostic poetry of Abbo of Fleury, the Encomium Emmae Reginae and Libellus Æthelwoldi Episcopi), the learn examines how texts maintain twin methods of seeing and figuring out strength, producing a variety of ingenious probabilities in addition to tensions, ambiguities and circumstances of conceal or euphemism. It additionally advances new arguments in regards to the ideology and rhetoric of strength within the early medieval interval.
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