Introduction
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book presents a discussion of the biblical myth of the universal deluge in and its integration into the culture of the Anglo-Saxons. It focuses biblical texts, the documents that provided Boniface with the best information concerning the Flood. The book discusses the developing application of the Flood myth as a moral lesson and warning to the human race, across two centuries of Anglo-Saxon writing, mostly in Old English prose. It presents a detailed study of a peculiarly Anglo-Saxon response to the myth of the Flood in the creation of a fourth son for Noah: the ark-born Sceaf. The book examines Bede's thought on the Flood under a series of headings, which allows the exploration of his use of the Flood theme across a range of works.

Water and fire

The myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England

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