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Beowulf Webquest

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maria stoner

on 19 September 2012

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The Answers... Beowulf Webquest Beowulf was written down sometime between 700-1000 C.E. Having previous knowledge of a time period or geographic location helps the reader to better understand the literary piece they're reading. The original manuscript was written in Old English Beowulf is fictional and the story is fictional, BUT people did tell stories about what they knew and lived, so it could be plausible to say that there are SOME historical accuracies within the fictional story. Beowulf is divided into 2 parts: Part 1:
tells of his adventures as a young warrior and recounts the fights with Grendel and Grendel's mother. Part 2:
tells of his days as King of the Geats-
it is at the end of this section that he dies
a hero's death. The manuscript is now owned by the British Library in London, England. Beowulf, the story, was preserved through word of mouth-oral tradition-for hundreds of years before it was written down, so the actual manuscript is much newer than the story itself. Beowulf is over 3,000 lines long! It was written in an unrhymed, four-beat alliterative lines, called alliterative verse. Beowulf is an Epic Poem. An Epic Poem is a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds. The Anglo-Saxons were Germanic people who settled in Britain beginning in the 5th century. The term "Anglo-Saxon" can be found in documents produced in the time of Alfred the Great and it refers to two different groups of people-the Angles and the Saxons. Roman rule in Britain ended in 410. Heptarchy is a country or region consisting of 7 smaller, autonomous regions. The Angles and the Saxons ruled 7 kingdoms. Hiberno-Saxon art was the style of art that was produced in the post-Roman history in Britain. Bayeux Tapestry was embroidered cloth that was about 230 ft long!! The Anglo-Saxons were pre-Christian at first, then were later subject to Christian influences (around the 7th and 8th centuries). Today, linguists use the term Old English in place of "Anglo-Saxon"
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