Religious Mid-Evil Europeans

By: Marissa Surber

Beowulf: God Will Give You Strength

Beowulf: God Will Give You Strength

My Most Honorable Warrior,

Greetings. As you know, my kingdom and I have been struggling through some dark times. Grendel has torn my men apart, along with my hope for brighter days. Until you came to rescue us from this murderous monster, I was rife with nothing but despair. Though you have defeated Grendel and freed my people, I still cannot pull myself out of this internal sorrow. I was unable to protect my people, and mentally unfit to lead them. For this I am embarrassed.

My problem is why I am writing to you. When you arrived at the gates of my kingdom, I immediately knew you were a powerful man. You have an aura of glowing strength and courage around you that no one can deny. You liberated my people, and did so with such bravery and self-assurance, because of this I am forever indebted to you. What is it that gives you this confidence? Why were you ready to give your life for a people that are not your own? Please, Beowulf, answer me these questions.

-King Hrothgar

Your Most Highest King of the Danes,

My answer for you is simply the Lord my God. You have an unbeatable sorrow, are cowardice. You fear death, and flee to save your own flesh. These are problems that I do not face, because I know the power of my Father. I am a servant of the Lord Almighty, and in return He protects me in battle. I am strong because His love holds me up. I am not afraid of death because there is life after death. I am courageous, because whatever His will is for me, will be done. I am hopeful because He promises life.

You do not have this relationship with God, but he is your Father, your Creator. He yearns to give you his love. He protects over your throne. He wants you to know him. You must change your ways if you desire a life everlasting. You must accept Him as your master if you want inner peace. This is my advice to you, wise King.

-Beowulf, King of the Geats

Connection: Throughout the story, Beowulf refers to God many times, as being his Lord. King Hrothgar does not know God’s love and is struggling. This letter is my interpretation of what Hrothgar would ask Beowulf if he got the chance to write him a letter. This letter depicts the religious theme that God will protect you and give you strength.

Beowulf: Reward for Loyalty

Beowulf: Reward For Loyalty

Wiglaf the Loyal Knight

There once was a young soldier,

Of the Wexton family name,

Who knew not of harsh battle,

And not of great fame.

But he followed his king

To slay fire-breathing devils,

And in an hour of darkness,

He rose to new levels.

His master was in trouble,

The odds looked very grave,

But Wiglaf remained loyal,

And stood up brave.

The knight ordered the others,

To draw out their knives,

To save their beloved king,

And repay him with their lives.

But the others were weak,

And fled with no glory,

Only one remained

To live out the story.

Together they fought

To kill the huge beast

But the king became wounded,

And his breath soon decreased.

As the king neared death,

He requested one last pleasure,

He ordered Wiglaf to bring him

The dragon’s golden treasure.

Because of his bravery

Wiglaf took the king’s place,

And rode back to his kingdom

Filled with honor and grace.

Connection: This ballad tells the story of Beowulf’s warrior, Wiglaf, who remains loyal to his Kings until the end and is willing to risk his life to save Beowulf. In the end Wiglaf is glorified because of his loyalty. This connects backs to my topic of religion because loyalty and sacrifice for others are main beliefs of Christians in order to win the glory of heaven. This ballad depicts the theme that one will later be rewarded for remaining loyal.

Canterbury Tales: Religious Beliefs Bring People Together

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Canterbury Tales: Religion Can Bring Peole Together

Connection: This is a picture book excerpt from Canterbury Tales. This picture depicts many people all traveling together to one destination. The picture shows very different people- young and old, rich and poor, righteous and sinful, but they all have the same ultimate goal. This excerpt shows the religious theme that similar religious beliefs can bring people from all walks of life together.

Dear Reader Letter

Dear Reader Letter

Dear Reader,

The main topic of my multi-genre projects is religion. I chose this topic and the themes that I touched on because my religion is a big part of who I am and I found it really interesting that the writers in medieval Europe had similar beliefs to current American Christians.

While creating my multi-genre projects over Beowulf and Canterbury Tales I learned how to look for specific topics and symbols in writing. I chose the topic of religion to do my project over, so the whole time I was reading the two stories, I was constantly reading into the themes and underlying messages in the story, and I found multiple themes per story! I believe that I did especially well when writing my ballad because I stuck to an ABCB rhyming pattern the whole time and kept the meter nearly the same so it flowed well when read. The most challenging part of of my project was drawing the picture book excerpt from Canterbury Tales because it was difficult to draw the characters to be different from one another and distinguishable as themselves. In the future, I would like to try choreographing a symbolic dance to depict one of themes in these stories because I enjoy dancing and think it would be a fun challenge to try to incorporate a moral lesson into my dancing! I hope you enjoy my religious-themed multi-genre projects!