Amleth Prince of Denmark

Amleth Prince of Denmark His discolored face and visage smutched with slime denoted foolish and grotesque madness All he said was of a piece with these follies all he did savored of utter lethargy In a word you would not hav

  • Title: Amleth Prince of Denmark
  • Author: Saxo Grammaticus Oliver Elton
  • ISBN: 9781419105920
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • His discolored face and visage smutched with slime denoted foolish and grotesque madness All he said was of a piece with these follies all he did savored of utter lethargy In a word, you would not have thought him a man at all, but some absurd abortion due to a mad fit of destiny.

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    1. Read online here: pitt/~dash/amlethmlSome highlights of Saxo Grammaticus's "Amleth, Prince of Denmark": - Uncanny telepathic communication with friends who warn of treachery- People riding horses backwards- The cutting up of a dead body and throwing it into the sewer for pigs to eat- Questionable royal ancestry- Badass lines like "not idly do I wear the mask of folly" and "the messenger of his death was likewise its author"- An army of the dead- Somehow more death than Shakespeare's versionI tho [...]

    2. A review of the main Latin source for the Danish story forming the background for Shakespeare's Hamlet. The book has almost nothing to do with Shakespeare (not that it pretends to, either). Rather, it discusses Saxo Grammaticus' Danish history which provided Shakespeare and (probably) Thomas Kyd with the skeleton of the play. Hansen operates from a folklore standpoint, so his work is mainly concerned with tracing variants on the Ambleth story (as it is called) in Scandinavian and even earlier so [...]

    3. 2.5* - Read for a class on Hamlet. I liked reading about various versions of Hamlet/Amleth, however, I found this book a bit tedious. Good for Hamlet and Shakespeare fans or students, however.

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