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Mark C. Amodio
'John M. Hill has long been acknowledged as the leading student of what we may call the sociology of Anglo-Saxon England, and his new book is certain to solidify his standing as one of today's most important and astute readers of the social context out of which Beowulf emerged. The Narrative Pulse of Beowulf is infused with Hill's deep erudition but manages throughout to be extremely accessible. It offers a fresh and compelling way of reading the most widely known and studied work of medieval English literature. This is a welcome addition to Beowulf scholarship, and one that will attract a broad readership.'