What is the Comitatus and how does it fail Beowulf?

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In essence, Comitatus can be described as an agreement that subservient men will make with their leader or host. In Beowulf, this can be seen in the agreement that Beowulf's men make to accompany him to Hrothgar's land to help him defeat Grendel.

One may say that there are numerous instances when Comitatus "fails" Beowulf in the poem. For example, Beowulf fought Grendel and Grendel's mother on his own, without much assistance from his men. However, I wouldn't necessarily say that this is the...

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