Andrew Orchard, Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History Newsletter, 37 [Autumn 1993], p.11.
This is a cogent and fascinating attempt to place Beowulf in an eighth-century East Anglian context, through a careful survey of an impressive array of supporting palaeographical, genealogical, archaeological, and literary-historical evidence. Dr Newton conducts his arguments with scrupulous fairness and caution, conceding that 'positive evidence is still wanting' (p.xi), but is nonetheless dogged in pursuit of what appears an attractive and closely-reasoned conclusion….
This is an important book, and deserves serious attention. The value of the work lies in the careful synthesis of material from a broad range of disciplines, each small piece of evidence combining to form a coherent picture. Dr Newton misses few tricks in drawing together his source-material … and has shifted the burden of proof onto those who would detract from his thesis. In such a deeply-entrenched field as modern Beowulf-studies, this is of itself a considerable achievement….Dr Newton deserves warm congratulations for a significant contribution in a deeply problematic area.
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