Ships and Brunanburh

Cavill, Paul (2016) Ships and Brunanburh. English Studies . ISSN 1744-4217 (In Press)

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Work on ships in the Old English poem The Battle of Brunanburh has principally focused on the word cnear as a lexical item or as having some particular form or appearance. This article draws on this work with a view to elucidating what the poem tells us was happening in the aftermath of the battle of 937. It discusses the significance of the term cnear in relation to the manuscripts, its intelligibility and meaning, before analysing in detail the contexts in which it appears. A reconsideration of syntax and the semantics of on flot, gives rise to a modified interpretation of lines 32b–36. It is suggested, finally, that cnear and the passages in which it occurs might carry overtones of mockery at the expense of the escaping Norsemen.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article accepted for publication by Taylor & Francis in English Studies in 2017.
Keywords: ships, launching ships, The Battle of Brunanburh, Old English poetry, Old English cnear, Scandinavian knǫrr, poetic compounds, Henry of Huntingdon
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
Depositing User: Zimmerman, Emma
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 11:34
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:23

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