A new book by Exeter College lecturer in English Dr Francis Leneghan will be published in April 2020. The Dynastic Drama of Beowulf is a strikingly original approach to Beowulf, linking its structure to the dynastic life-cycle. The original audience of Beowulf was steeped in ancient Scandinavian royal legend. But for modern readers of the poem, these traditions are frustratingly obscure and confusing. Dr Leneghan’s book argues that Beowulf is a dynastic drama centred on the fortunes of three great royal houses, the Scyldings, Scylfings and Hrethlings.
The Dynastic Drama of Beowulf will be published by Boydell and Brewer next year. For more details and to pre-order a copy click here.