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Water and Fire
Author: Dr Daniel Anlezark

ISBN: 9780719063992
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 17 January 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.1
Description:
Noah's Flood is one of the Bible's most popular stories, and myths of the flood continue to survive in many cultures today. InWater and Fire, Daniel Anlezark presents the first comprehensive examination of the incorporation of the Flood myth into the Anglo-Saxon imagination. Focusing on literary representations, this book contributes to the overall 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. Concluding with a unique discussion of Beowulf, relating the epic poem's presentation of the Flood myth to that of other Anglo-Saxon texts; Water an...

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