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N. Parsons, ‘How long did the Scandinavian language survive in England? Again’, in James Graham-Campbell et al. ), Vikings and the Danelaw (Oxford: Oxbow, 2001), pp. 299–312. 37 ╇ See Forrest S. Scott, ‘Earl Waltheof of Northumbria’, Archaeologia Aeliana 30 (1952), 149–215, and Carl Watkins, ‘The Cult of Earl Waltheof at Crowland’, Hagiographica 3 (1996), 95–111. 38 ╇ See Forrest S. Scott, ‘Valþjófr jarl: an English earl in Icelandic sources’, Saga-Book of the Viking Society 14 (1953–7), 78–94.

39 The second body of tradition about the earl is completely different, comprising a thirteenth-century Latin compilation concerning Crowland saints, including Waltheof. One of these texts, the Gesta antecessorum comitis Waldevi, contains some remarkable details about the life of Waltheof ’s father, Earl Siward, who is said to have killed a dragon, and had an encounter with an Odinic old man who gives him advice, and a war banner with a raven on it (we shall come across the raven banner again in the next chapter).

But his bait is a dragon’s tail, and hooking the whale entails not a terrifying stand-off, as it does in the story of the god Thor and the World Serpent, but only a satisfyingly large quantity of food for the giant.  154–8. 47 Thomas Heywood, Gunaikeion, or Nine Books of Various History concerning Women, repub. as The Generall History of Women (London: W.  38. 48 Saxo Grammaticus, History of the Danes, vol.  30. 49 Saxo Grammaticus, History of the Danes, vol.  151.  275. 51 On Spelman’s study of English constitutional history see J.

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