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By Catherine A.M. Clarke

The formation and operation of structures of energy and patronage in Anglo-Saxon England are at the moment the point of interest of concerted scholarly cognizance. This publication explores how energy is formed and negotiated in later Anglo-Saxon texts, focusing specifically on how hierarchical, vertical constructions are awarded along styles of reciprocity and economies of mutual legal responsibility, specially in the context of patronage relationships (whether secular, non secular, literal or symbolic). via shut research of a big variety of assets within the vernacular and Latin (including the Guthlac poems of the Exeter booklet, outdated English verse epitaphs, the acrostic poetry of Abbo of Fleury, the Encomium Emmae Reginae and Libellus Æthelwoldi Episcopi), the learn examines how texts maintain twin methods of seeing and realizing energy, producing a number of inventive percentages in addition to tensions, ambiguities and circumstances of hide or euphemism. It additionally advances new arguments concerning the ideology and rhetoric of energy within the early medieval interval.

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