Havelok the Dane


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Havelok the Dane,

English 13th-century metrical romance. It concerns a prince brought up as a scullion, who, after discovering his true identity, wins the kingdoms of Denmark and England. The poem's emphasis on the simple virtues suggests that it was written for a bourgeois rather than an aristocratic audience. The hero has been identified with the 10th-century king, Olaf Cuaran, who ruled at different times in Northumberland and in Dublin.
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Havelok the Dane scholarship has recently benefited from a growth of critical interest in the poem, though less attention has been paid to its narrative mechanics and to resolving its supposed narrative inconsistencies.
Others cite Middle English narratives like Havelok the Dane and Sir Orfeo for oral performance and variety of audience.
Bell and Julie Nelson Couch, the collection comprises thirteen chapters and an Epilogue that derive from the shared interest of the editors and contributors in reading Havelok the Dane in its original manuscript context.
Furrow offers nuanced readings of the Anglo-Norman romances Estoire des Engleis, Le Lai d'Havelok, Horn, and Boeve de Haumtone contrasted with the Middle English Havelok the Dane, King Horn, and the Auchinleck Bevis of Hampton.
The next three chapters deal with ideas of time, place, identity, and the law in Guy of Warwick, Beues of Hamtoun, Havelok the Dane, and Horn Childe and Maiden Rimnild.
Anonymous writings and translations into English of Romance of Sir Tristam, Havelok the Dane, and King Horn
In the final chapter, Garner considers the poems King Horn, Havelok the Dane, Sir Orfeo, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
There he enjoys advancement, becoming a powerful and trusted figure in a development that Richard Firth Green has suggested might recall the plot of the Middle English Havelok the Dane (ca.
To prove this point, the author makes comparisons not only between Hamlet and dream visions, but also some medieval ghost stories, and the thirteenth century romance Havelok the Dane, which is based on a narrative pattern not very different from that of Hamlet.
It is a loose adaptation of the late-thirteenth-century English poetical romance, Havelok the Dane.
Havelok the Dane has been edited and published as a single edition or as part of an anthology of romances numerous times since 1826, when Sir Frederic Madden discovered it collated with saints' lives in a manuscript in Oxford's Bodleian Library.
2) An awareness of blurred boundaries proves helpful for a reading of the narrator/audience dynamic found in the Laud romance, Havelok the Dane.