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As the subtitle of the book suggests, it centers on the theme of the relations between Grundtvig, England and the English-speaking world. It begins with a brief presentation of the visits Grundtvig made to England in the summer of 1829, 1830, 1831, and 1843. It then looks at his lifelong interest in the literature and history of Anglo-Saxon England, the primary cause of his English journeys. This topic proves to have wider ramifications than one might have expected. Grundtvig both as a poet and as a scholar discovered a special attraction in the early middle ages, and he acquired a masterly knowledge of the sources.
The publication of this book results from an interdisciplinary dialogue between scholars from Denmark, England and the United States of America, organized by the Cetre for Grundtvig Studies in Aarhus.