The proposal that the Beowulf's Geatish episodes recount the dark age history of Deira (modern Yorkshire and Durham) was first published in Open History, the journal of the Open University History Society, in March 1994. That account, however, was not accompanied by any translation of the poem. This book aims to put the case again, together with a translation and explanation of allusions whose meaning may not be clear to a modern reader.
The Anglo-Saxon text of each poem is given along with an English rendering.
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