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And Elene Gave Answer Unto Him How Doth It Chance Among This People That Ye Have Such Store Of Legend In Remembrance, Of All Heroic Deeds Even As The Trojans Waged Them In Their War Farther Away In The Circle Of Years Was That Famous Strife Of Olden Time Than This Sublime Event Full Well Do Ye Know To Reckon Swiftly The Number Of All Those Done To Death In Slaughter, The Tale Of Spearmen Slain, Fallen Beneath Their Shields My version edited by P.O.E Gradon and part of the Methuen series, which is one of the best As a side note, this and several other Old English poem editions which I own were coincidentally previously owned by Fred C Robinson, the textbook author for my Old English textbook when I learned OE Sadly, this was because he had just passed away, and it was by coincidence at that time that I was searching for certain titles I did not know him personally, but I liked our textbook, and his copies of the several books which I own have many of his comments in line, which I value greatly The poem is about the legend of the finding of the actual physical cross by Elene, the mother of the emperor Constantine Constantine, having converted to Christianity, sends Elene to find the cross Thanks, Son , which she does One of the interesting things is the representation of the Jewish Judas not THE Judas, but a later Judas , who at first does not want to help her, but eventually provides the location where the physical remnant is to be found As one who has read several Old English poems, I can say that the Jewish characters are often not well spoken of in these texts Clearly at least among some members of the cultures involved, the history of a cultural conflict goes way back However, Elene is the sole exception I have found so far I am sure many would disagree, but Judas, while initially presented as prevaricating, ultimately is a hero All has to be, in my opinion, carefully observed in the context of the historical period, i.e some would disagree that Judas is fairly presented, however, rewinding the clock this far changes many things, I believe, and to have an ultimately favorable presentation of this Judas is significant Please don t call the PC police on me for daring to attempt to speak about this type of thing, which would be certain to offend somebody, somewhere. Even though this isn t exactly a novel length poem, I m adding it to my list for a few reasons First of all, it is 1,300 lines long Second of all, when I awake from cryo sleep in three thousand years, I want to look back and remember that I read this And thirdly, nobody else has reviewed it, so I suppose I ll perform a social function Elene is a poem chronicling the voyage of the Roman Emperor Constantine s mother when she travelled to Israel to find the cross of Christ It had appeared to her son in a vision just before a crucial battle, one from which Constantine emerged victorious After sending the Hun packing, Constantine decided to figure out who had sent the vision, and so the story begins.Chances are if you re into Christian legends from the middle ages, you ll be into this If not, better find something else to read I m almost as indifferent as they come I like Roman history around the time of Gaius Julius Caesar, but most of that later Christianization of the empire stuff doesn t interest me This particular poem lacks any kind of cool monsters, sword slashing heroes, or seafaring adventure, and so return to my main point, unless you ve got a vested interest in medieval poetry, I d stick with the Greek stuff.Oh, and Cynewulf wasn t too fond of the Jews.