By David Clark
Among Medieval males argues for the significance of synoptically reading the entire variety of same-sex kin within the Anglo-Saxon interval, revisiting recognized texts and matters (as good as fabric usually thought of marginal) from a greatly diverse perspective.
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EETS OS 194. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1934, p. 86. 24 A Fine Romance? fæst is þæt eglond fenne biworpen sindon wælreowe weras þær on ige willað hy hine aþecgan gif he on þreat cymeð ungelice is us wulfes ic mines widlastum wenum dogode þonne hit wæs renig weder ond ic reotugu sæt · þonne mec se beaducafa bogum bilegde wæs me wyn to þon wæs me hwæþre eac lað · wulf min wulf wena me þine seoce gedydon þine · seldcymas murnende mód nales meteliste gehyrest þu eadwacer uncerne ear[g ]ne hwelp bireð wulf to wuda þæt mon eaþe tosliteð þætte næfre gesomnad wæs uncer giedd geador · : 7 5 10 15 Sarah Higley’s recent translation provides a good indication of most of the poem’s many ambiguities: 8 It is to my people as if one were to give them sport/gift/sacriﬁce.
20 Belanoff ’s argument is a powerful one in many ways—it characterizes these poems as unique texts which recover the marginalized experiences of women in a male-dominated culture. Not only this but Belanoff argues the poems also preserve a female voice and perspective on heroic society which recognizes the 19 Renoir, ‘Wulf and Eadwacer: A Non-Interpretation’, passim. Despite this aim, Renoir manages to ‘derive the impression that [Eadwacer] might prove somewhat ungentlemanly if he were to hold Wulf in his power’ (p.
Wulf escapes to another island and cannot visit without great danger. The months go by and it becomes clear that Wulf has made Freawaru pregnant. Her husband is outraged and plans to kill the bastard child as soon as it is born, but in a desperate raid Wulf manages to snatch the boy and carry him off safely to the woods, leaving Freawaru to face her inevitable fate of isolation and social ostracism with deﬁance. Even if this version is a little overblown, it does nevertheless ﬁt all the facts of the poem as extant, the point being that this version merely takes to a (somewhat ﬂippant) extreme what is implicit in the work of many commentators and translators.
Between Medieval Men: Male Friendship and Desire in Early Medieval English Literature by David Clark