The Earl Conundrum

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The Earl Conundrum

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: The Earl Conundrum
Author: Kranenburg, Jelle
Issue Date: 2016-08-31
Keywords: Earl Godwine
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
Encomium Emmae Reginae
Abstract: This thesis examens the representations of Earl Godwine, earl of Wessex during the mid-eleventh century. The representations of the earl differ accordingly to the political agendas of their patrons. Emma of Normandy issued the Encomium Emmae Reginae which featured the earl in a negative light. Similarly, Earl Leofric thwarted the rising star of Earl Godwine via representation of him in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. In a countermovement, those who favored Godwine formed a more positive or neutral depiction of the earl alleged wrongdoings. All in all, the differences between the representations were motivated by political interests and therefore differ from one another.
Supervisor: Porck, M.H.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Engelse Taal en Cultuur (Bachelor)
Specialisation: BA
ECTS Credits: 10

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