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The Barbarian North in Medieval Imagination

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Introduction 1. Categorizing the North and Its People 2. The Goths and the `Out-of-Scandinavia' Legend 3. Ethnic History and European Peoples 4. Ancestral Rhetoric in Bede's Historia ecclesiastic agentis Anglorum 5. Scandinavian Ancestors in Anglo-Saxon Texts 6. Danes and Geatas: Heroes of the Legendary North

About the Author

Robert W. Rix is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Germanic, and Romance Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the author of the book William Blake and the Cultures of Radical Christianity (2007) and is chief editor of Romantik - Journal for the Study of Romanticisms. In recent years, Rix has written a number of articles on the use of Norse mythology in British fiction, and he has published an anthology on Norse tradition in English poetry.


"Through sound, comprehensive research and analysis, Rix successfully unfolds plausible geographical, cultural, and political aspects of a topos that originates as an expression of alterity as much as a historical reality. Summing Up: Recommended." - A. P. Church, CHOICE

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