The Beowulf Manuscript (2360 words)

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The Beowulf Manuscript (London, British Library, Cotton Vitellius A.xv, folios 94–209), also known as the Nowell Codex, is one of the four surviving Anglo-Saxon manuscripts which contain significant amounts of Old English poetry. The other three manuscripts are the Vercelli Book, the Exeter Book, and the Junius Manuscript, all three of which have their own articles in this encyclopedia.

As well as the only surviving copy of Beowulf, the Nowell Codex contains four other works, all of which are in Old English: the Life of St Christopher, the Wonders of the East, the Letter of Alexander to Aristotle, and Judith. The first three texts are all in prose and are all translations into Old E…

Citation: Stokes, Peter Anthony. "The Beowulf Manuscript". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 November 2008 [, accessed 15 July 2020.]

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