Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Top ten modern medieval tales

Carolyne Larrington is Fellow and Tutor in Medieval English Literature at St John’s College, Oxford. Her books include Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones. One of the author's ten top modern medieval tales, as shared at the Guardian:
The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (2014)

Anglo-Saxon scholars either love or hate Kingsnorth’s evocation of the shocking horrors brought about by the imposition of Norman rule on the fenlands of eastern England. In ironic dialogue with the legend of the English resistance hero Hereward the Wake, it is written in a reimagined language which, almost without exception, uses only words that occurred in Old English. Buccmaster, the book’s protagonist, turns back to the old gods when his life is shattered; but his rage renders him as monstrous as his antagonists.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue