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The Legend of Havelok the Dane and the Historiography of East Anglia

The Legend of Havelok the Dane and the Historiography of East Anglia STUDIES IN PH ILOLOGY Volume  Summer,  Number  The Legend of Havelok the Dane and the Historiography of East Anglia by Scott Kleinman THE STORY AND ITS SOURCES HE story of Havelok the Dane appears to have been well known in eastern England from the twelfth century to the end of the TMiddle Ages. The earliest Anglo-Norman version occurs in Geof- frey Gaimar’s Estoire des Engleis. The plot can be summarized as follows: During the reign of Arthur’s nephew Constantine, the Danish king Adelbriht, who has conquered Norfolk and the land from Colchester to Holland in Lincoln- shire, marries Orwain, the sister of King Edelsi, a Briton, who rules Lincoln and Lindsey and the land from Humber to Rutland. Their daughter Argentille be- comes the ward of her uncle after the death of her parents, and Edelsi marries her off to a scullion called Cuaran in an attempt to disinherit her. This Cuaran turns out to be Haveloc, the son of Gunter, the hereditary king of Denmark who was slain by King Arthur for withholding tribute. Haveloc discovers his lin- eage, returns to Denmark, and takes back the throne from one Odulf, who has occupied it illegitimately. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in Philology University of North Carolina Press

The Legend of Havelok the Dane and the Historiography of East Anglia

Studies in Philology , Volume 100 (3) – Aug 4, 2003

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STUDIES IN PH ILOLOGY Volume  Summer,  Number  The Legend of Havelok the Dane and the Historiography of East Anglia by Scott Kleinman THE STORY AND ITS SOURCES HE story of Havelok the Dane appears to have been well known in eastern England from the twelfth century to the end of the TMiddle Ages. The earliest Anglo-Norman version occurs in Geof- frey Gaimar’s Estoire des Engleis. The plot can be summarized as follows: During the reign of Arthur’s nephew Constantine, the Danish king Adelbriht, who has conquered Norfolk and the land from Colchester to Holland in Lincoln- shire, marries Orwain, the sister of King Edelsi, a Briton, who rules Lincoln and Lindsey and the land from Humber to Rutland. Their daughter Argentille be- comes the ward of her uncle after the death of her parents, and Edelsi marries her off to a scullion called Cuaran in an attempt to disinherit her. This Cuaran turns out to be Haveloc, the son of Gunter, the hereditary king of Denmark who was slain by King Arthur for withholding tribute. Haveloc discovers his lin- eage, returns to Denmark, and takes back the throne from one Odulf, who has occupied it illegitimately.

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Studies in PhilologyUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Aug 4, 2003

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