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The Beowulf manuscript reconsidered: Reading Beowulf in late Anglo-Saxon England
This article defines a hypothetical late Anglo-Saxon audience: a multi-layered Christian community with competing ideologies, dialects and mythologies. It discusses how that audience might have received the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf. The immediate textual context of the poem constitutes an intertextual microcosm for Beowulf. The five texts in the codex provide interesting clues to the common concerns, conflicts and interests of its audience. The organizing principle for the grouping of thisdoi:10.4102/lit.v24i2.290 fatcat:q6apqhcjevhvloswn3z2pmxo7u