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Anniversary Issue 1999-2004
by Thomas Torma, University
Of particular importance
to the Brigidine hagiographers was Brigit's close associations
with dairy products. This article explores the role which dairy
products play in the Bethu Brigte, the ninth century Old
Irish biography of St. Brigit. In particular this article focuses
on the relationship between milk and purity in these lives.
by Alexander Rolfe,
George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon.
This essay argues that
nearness to other monks was a dominant theme in Adomnan's Life
of St. Columba. Spiritual proximity is of much greater concern
in early Irish monasticism than in Benedictine or Pachomian monasticism,
even while the Irish are noted for lonely peregrinatio.
By Thomas L.
Wymer and Erin Labbie, Bowling Green State University
This article explores the ways in which battle rage is presented
as a positive force in Beowulf. The admonitory theme of
the dangers of uncontrolled rage manifested by the monsters,
well explored in the critical literature, is balanced by the
glorification of appropriately controlled and directed rage exemplified
in Beowulf, a point that has gone unnoticed. Discussion focuses
on the contexts in which forms of belgan appear, forms
that denote the heightened emotional state of battle rage rather
than the weaker states of anger as most translators render it.
Seen in terms of Norbert Elias' notions of the civilizing process,
the warrior culture of Beowulf exemplifies how rage functions
ambiguously in this early stage of cultural development as both
a sustainer of and a threat to civil order.
by Kent G. Hare, Northwestern
State University of Louisiana
Despite his obscurity in modern memory, the tenth-century English
King Athelstan enjoyed great fame in the Middle Ages. The Old
English chronicle-poem The Battle of Brunanburh provides
just one example of tenth- to twelfth century lore and legend
that celebrated his renown as Christian king and hero.
by Richard Lathe, Edinburgh
by Michel Aaij, University
of North Carolina, Asheville
Discussed in this review:
Janine Cünnen (2000), Fiktionale Nonnenwelten: Angelsächsische
Frauenbriefe des 8. und 9. Jahrhunderts [Fictional Nuns'
Worlds: Anglo-Saxon Women's Letters of the 8th and 9th Century].
Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag. ISBN 3825310698.
364+xi pages, 1 illustration.
working in digital media can do to ensure the longevity of their
Paul O'Donnell, University of Lethbridge, Canada
Richard Barber's The Legends of King Arthur.
Reviewed by Jennifer Dean.
Early Christian Ireland.
Reviewed by David J. Duncan.
Arthuriana:Twenty Essays. (revised edition) Edited by
Kevin J. Harty. Reviewed by Rebecca Umland.
and the North: the Early Reception of Gregory the Great in Germanic
Edited by Rolf
H. Bremmer, Jr, Kees Dekker, and David E. Johnson. Reviewed by
Brad Eden, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
N. J. Higham's King Arthur: Myth-Making and
History. Reviewed by Craig R. Davis.
John Lindow's Norse
Mythology: a guide to gods, heroes, rituals, and beliefs. Reviewed by Brad Eden.
Andrew E. Mathis' The King Arthur Myth in Modern
American Literature. Reviewed by Kelly A. O'Connor-Salomon
Thomas Farrell, Archaeologist and Anglo-Saxonist, 1939-2003
John Kelleher, Professor
of Irish Studies, died 1 January 2004
W.R.J. Barron, Arthurian
Professor Emeritus, died 15 April 2004
Charles T. Wood, Medieval Historian,
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