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Beowulf & Grendel: The Truth Behind England's Oldest Legend - John Grigsby
Beowulf & Grendel: The Truth Behind England's Oldest Legend
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John Grigsby reveals that the English had a mythology and a vibrant pagan religion as rich and complex as that of the early Celts, of which only a few precious fragments remain. One such fragment is a Dark Age poem that tells of the deeds of a monster-slaying hero Beowulf, who frees the feasting... show more
John Grigsby reveals that the English had a mythology and a vibrant pagan religion as rich and complex as that of the early Celts, of which only a few precious fragments remain. One such fragment is a Dark Age poem that tells of the deeds of a monster-slaying hero Beowulf, who frees the feasting hall of a Danish king from the twelve-year tyranny of a creature named Grendel. Grigsby's conclusions will revolutionize the way we think about the ancestors of the English. He explains how they came to England from Denmark and Northern Germany and how human sacrifice was central to their religion. He shows how the memory of the forceful suppression of this sacrificial cult in the 5th century AD lies behind the seemingly fantastic deeds of Beowulf. His discovery will restore the poem to its rightful place as a national epic.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781842931530 (1842931539)
ASIN: 1842931539
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
Pages no: 246
Edition language: English
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4.0 Beowulf & Grendel: The Truth Behind England's Oldest Legend
Had I realised that Grigsby was associated with Graham Hancock and his "unconventional" ideas about an ancient advanced civilization, I probably would not have bought this book. But I didn't, so I did! And I'm glad I did, because it was a very absorbing read.While not being convinced by all of his c...
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