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Mid Ræde ond Mid Rihte Geleafan: Leadership in the Old English Judith

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dc.contributor.advisor McCormack, Frances
dc.contributor.author Webb, Jena
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-08T17:00:01Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-08T17:00:01Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/3051
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis is to provide an examination of leadership as portrayed in the Old English Judith. The poet employs three elements - fortitudo, sapientia and anima - that are portrayed as crucial in a successful ruler, king or spiritual exemplar. Judith embodies all three characteristics and is thus portrayed as an exemplum admirandum of morality and the martial success achieved through faith in God. Holofernes, however, exhibits the ideal epithets of a Germanic leader, but perverts Anglo-Saxon customs through a lack of sapientia and anima. He is thus relegated to the position of exemplum horrendum. The following work analyses the aspect of leadership in Judith within the multifaceted background of Anglo-Saxon society. I establish the Germanic interpretation of leadership from the late antique to medieval periods and its transformation with the advent of Christianity. Thereafter I introduce the importance of the Old Testament as an exemplar for kingship among the Anglo-Saxons, thereby introducing the insular Liber Iudith tradition. The second half of the thesis concentrates on the poem and how the epithets and actions of the two characters produce models of leadership for contemporary society. en_US
dc.subject Germanic leadership en_US
dc.subject Book of Judith en_US
dc.subject Old English literature en_US
dc.subject English en_US
dc.subject Humanities en_US
dc.title Mid Ræde ond Mid Rihte Geleafan: Leadership in the Old English Judith en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.local.note This thesis discusses the Old English poem 'Judith' as a source of understanding the role of leadership in Anglo-Saxon England. It employs both the transmission of the biblical Book of Judith as well as the Germanic culture of early medieval England to analyse the characters and language of the poem. en_US
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