Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dr. Thomas H. Crofts III

Committee Members

Dr. Josh Reid, Dr. Brian Maxson


This thesis will argue that the Beowulf Manuscript, which includes the poem Judith, Saxo Grammaticus’s Gesta Danorum, and the Old-Norse-Icelandic Laxdæla saga highlight and examine the tension between the female pagan characters and their Christian authors. These texts also demonstrate that Queenship grew fragile after the spread of Christianity, and women’s power waned in the shift between pre-Christian and Christian Europe.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access


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