Fact of Fiction?
The Clergy wrote down the story, so there are lots of Christian influence in the story, even though it is a pagan story.
Kind Alfred was a very influential king during the Anglo-Saxon period. He had roads built and won battles for the British people.
There are still many different parts of the Anglo-Saxon culture that are seen in today's society, such as the laws and names of the days.
The people during the Anglo-Saxon period had a different set of morals than the people today. These morals included personal valor and the want to have glory and fame.
Background of Beowulf
There are Christian references in the story as well as magic and monsters because of a mix of pagan and Christian influences to the story over a long time.
Beowulf is royalty, this makes him important because people had to respect him and also they knew about him.
Seamus Haney. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2000. Web.
Oren Falk. A Dark Age Peter Principle: Beowulf’s incompetence threshold Early Medieval Europe 2-25