Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 7809
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Olsen , Karin.
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  • Title: Cynewulf's Elene: From Empress to Saint [The author explores some of the themes in Cynewulf's poem about Saint Helen. These include the literary portrayal of women with power, the figure of the pious and chaste female leader who needs to follow a male commander, parallels with real-life female rulers like Aethelflaed, and Elene's emotional problems including her irrationality and difficulties controlling her temper. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Germanic Texts and Latin Models: Medieval Reconstructions.  Edited by K. E. Olsen, A. Harbus, and T. Hofstra.  Based on papers presented at an international conference held July 1-3, 1998 at the University of Groningen. Peeters, 2001.  Pages 141 - 156.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Cynewulf, Poet- Elene Hagiography Helena, Saint in Literature Literature- Verse Politics in Literature Sources Women in Literature
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 9-10
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Groningen
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  • Year of Publication: 2001.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 9042909854
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