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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Native tales reveal the links to famous Vikings like Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons; Cnut; and Havelok the Dane. Each myth shows how the legacy of the newcomers can still be traced in landscape, place-names and local history.
Two essays discuss the natural world in medieval text: Jonathan Morton's, contextualizing authoritative theologies of beast allegories and the bestiary, represented by the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman Bestiaire de Philippe de Thaon, and Alexis Kellner Becker's, examining thirteenth-century English environmental anxieties expressed in Havelok the Dane. Two essays deal with the medieval political economy as it is expressed through text.
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.
Boenig's discussion of Morris's special place in Lewis's medievalism should prove particularly interesting to readers who may not be Lewis specialists, since Morris's romance Child Christopher and Goldilund the Fair itself reacts to the medieval poem Havelok the Dane: part of Lewis's own literary medievalism would seem to be secondhand.
Others cite Middle English narratives like Havelok the Dane and Sir Orfeo for oral performance and variety of audience.
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.
Robert Boenig leads off with a look at roots of Lewis's Prince Caspian in William Morris's Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair (and in turn Morris's source in Havelok the Dane), investigating the "imaginatively redemptive" changes Lewis made to this source material.
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.
Skeat (ed .), The Lay of Havelok the Dane. 2nd edn by K.
Havelok , also called Havelok the Dane. Middle English metrical romance of some 3,000 lines, written about 1300.
Anonymous writings and translations into English of Romance of Sir Tristam, Havelok the Dane, and King Horn
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.