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Creation, Migration, and Conquest: Imaginary Geography and experience of house in outdated English Literature explores the Anglo-Saxons' spatial imaginaire; tracing its political, literary, and highbrow backgrounds and examining how this imaginaire shapes perceptions and representations of geographical house. The publication elaborates new interpretative paradigms, drawing at the paintings of continental students and literary critics, and on complementing interdisciplinary scholarship of medieval imaginary areas and their representations. It gathers proof from either previous English verse and historico-geographical records, and makes a speciality of the juncture among conventional medical studying and the symbolic values attributed to house and orientation. Combining shut studying with an unique theoretical version, Creation, Migration, and Conquest deals leading edge interpretations of celebrated texts and highlights the hyperlinks among position, id, and collective id.

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Bolton, ‘The Study of the Consolation of Philosophy in Anglo-Saxon England’, Archives d’Histoire Doctrinale et Litt´eraire du Moyen Age, 44 (1977), 33–78 (33) and Ogilvy, Books Known to the English, 587–1066, 199–200. See also Helmut Gneuss, ‘B¨ucher und Leser in England im zehnten Jahrhundert’, in Books and Libraries in Early England (Aldershot: Variorum, 1996; first publ. in H. L. C. ), Medialit¨at und mittelalterliche insulare Literatur, Scriptoralia, 43 (T¨ubingen: G¨unter Narr, 1992) ), iv, 104–31 (128).

1967), 98–100. ¹⁰² On this point, see Gautier Dalch´e, Conf´erence . . 8 janvier 2001, 46–7, and Gautier Dalch´e, ‘Principes et modes’, 142–3. ¹⁰³ Anonymi Leidensis De Situ Orbis Libri Duo, ed. by Ricardo Quadri (Padua: Antemore, 1954), 3. 28 Introduction deprived of their rights to the land. Saints’ lives make extensive use of this strategy when tracing the progress of a holy man or a holy woman’s mission of conversion: saints tend to reach lands populated by demons. Likewise, the Beowulf poet’s depiction of monsters, in particular of Grendel and his mother, undermines the claims they could have on part of the Danish realm.

By Bertram Colgrave and R. A. B. Mynors (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969; repr. 1991), ii. 1, pp. 132–4. 22 Introduction their remoteness, becomes something positive. ⁸¹ The Pope offers another pun here—on Angli and angulus—that associates the English with a distant location. The link between the Anglo-Saxons, their distant situation, and the need for a mission of conversion may or may not be linguistically stressed, depending on the context. As a consequence, the distance separating England from the continent is connoted once as something positive and once as something negative.

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