Who was the poet Cynewulf?
Cynewulf is one of the few Anglo-Saxon poets whose works could be tied directly to him. The information about him is only accessible through four poems that he composed. The poems were predominantly religious and it is likely he was learned given his use of Latin sources in his works. His known compositions include; Elene, Juliana, The Fates of the Apostles and Christ II. Elene is a poem about the finding of the True Cross by Saint Helena, mother to Constantine the Great. Christ II is based on the Ascension by Christ. Juliana is a poem about Saint Juliana of Nicomedia, who was made to suffer after she rejected a roman pagan suitor due to their religious differences. The Fates of the Apostles is a poem about events surrounding Christ’s disciples after his ascension.