Archive for March, 2010

How far was England Protestant by 1553?

March 29th, 2010 No comments

When Henry VIII died in 1547, England was more Catholic than Protestant. Although Henry had tried to introduce Protestantism when in July 1536 the Act of Ten Articles was introduced, which saw a clear move towards Protestantism, and when in July 1546 Henry named heavily Protestant council of Regency for his heir. However, Henry wrote The Necessary Doctrine and Erudition of a Christian Man in May 1543. This book defended … Read the rest

English Epic Poetry Essay

March 29th, 2010 No comments

One distinctive characteristic of Old English Literature is the role of heroic epic poetry. According to, epic poetry is defined as “a broadly defined genre of poetry, which retells in a continuous narrative the life and works of a heroic person or group of heroic persons either historical or mythical.” In Medieval literature, the role of the hero has played a constant role in the works surfacing from that … Read the rest

Parallel Themes in The Iliad and The Odyssey

March 24th, 2010 No comments

The Iliad is an epic about the rage of Achilles. Achilles is a warrior on the Greek side of the Trojan war. The Iliad starts with Achilles’s excessive anger towards Agamemnon and ends with Achilles killing Nestor. Although Achilles does not do much fighting within the epic he plays a large role in one of the main themes within the epic; the theme that nothing is good in excess. Achilles … Read the rest