"This eloquent, richly detailed book...makes important contributions to the theory of humor and to our understanding of Old English literature by striking a subtle balance between hostile and social functions of humor. This is a book teachers and scholars will cherish for years to come." (Dr. Nickolas Haydock, University of Puerto Rico) "Professor Risden looks at humor as a means of gaining insights into the culture that produces it, and there is much to be learned about the Anglo-Saxons themselves from this compact little volume." (Professor Mel Storm, Emporia State University) "Professor Risden anatomizes the comic sensibilities of this people of a bygone age about as well as it can be done under our current state of knowledge." (Professor Peter Goodrich, Northern Michigan University)"
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