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Boldyreva I. I. Old Testament Legend about Judith in the Literary Tradition of Early Medieval England . Izvestiya of Saratov University. New series. Series History. International Relations, 2014, vol. 14, iss. 2, pp. 48-? DOI:

94:27-29(410) «653»

Old Testament Legend about Judith in the Literary Tradition of Early Medieval England


The article is devoted to the Old Testament story of Judith, various aspects of its cultural adaptation and meaning in the literary tradition of early Medieval Europe. Considering the analysis of Anglo-Saxon literary sources, the author examines medieval church writers and homilists’ ideas of woman’s sanctity and heroism, explores the collaboration of Christian and Germanic cultural layers within Old English epic tradition. 


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