Germanic Culture : Christianity, Not The Other Way Around Essay

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Germanic culture influenced Christianity, not the other way around. The idea of a Christian recording a story of a pagan legend would seem to be contradiction, but understanding that Germanic fusion in England territories would be done around the seventh century. It is important to understand that Germanic societies came to terms with Christianity. Influenced literary works such as Beowulf creates a connection between early Christianity and its Germanic background. So to say that the targeted audience for this story would be Christian’s who were influenced heavily by Germanic Culture. Germanic religion and Christianity were not a philosophical religion when they met, but more of a national religion. Missionaries were forced to undermine the differences and emphasizing the similarities between it and Germanic so it would not be rejected. Germanic culture during the attempt of conversion was strong and had a lot of power. So the idea of conversion for pagans in the medieval period was not interesting to them. Beowulf creates ties between Christianity and the Germanic heroic code, and it displays how pagan justify their actions through God.
Germanic heroic code shows some separation from Christian ideals in certain areas, but at the base you see how Christianity has taken refuge within the heroic code. The relationship between the Lord (King) and Thane shows to be very prominent within Germanic beliefs. The Lord was said to be the most powerful warrior and entrusted leader;…

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