Honour, Exchange and Violence in Beowulf


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"This book examines violence in its social setting, and especially as an essential element in the heroic system of exchange (sometimes called the Economy of Honour). It situates Beowulf in a northern European culture where violence was not stigmatized as evidence of a breakdown in social order but rather was seen as a reasonable way to get things done; where kings and their retainers saw themselves above all as warriors whose chief occupation was the pursuit of honour; and where most successful kings were those perceived as ...

Honour, Exchange and Violence in Beowulf 2013, Boydell & Brewer

ISBN-13: 9781843843467