Anonymous: Guthlac B (1083 words)

  • Hugh Magennis (Queen's University Belfast)

Guthlac B, an Old English narrative poem dealing with the death of the English saint Guthlac (c. 674-714), follows on immediately in the Exeter Book after Guthlac A, another poem about the same saint, which is accepted to be the work of a different poet. In its present state Guthlac B is a poem of 560 lines but the text is incomplete, with material missing at the end due to the loss of a whole gathering from the manuscript at this point. The source of Guthlac B is the Latin Life of St Guthlac written by Felix of Crowland in the first half of the eighth century. The Old English poet focuses particularly on chapter 50 of the

Magennis, Hugh. "Guthlac B". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 June 2006
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