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You kids get off my lawn. 

#BookADayUK Day Seven: Favorite Fictional Monarch

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation - Seamus Heaney, Anonymous

I couldn't really come up with anything for this. There are a lot of stories of lordlings and princes rising to their inevitable power, but too often they simper before they get to the shield-banging. I asked my 11 year old son who was his favorite fictional monarch, and he said, "Beowulf was a king, right?" Now, there's a monarch who knew how to swagger, his brass balls ringing through the mead hall. Listen! 


Nor have I ever seen,

Out of all the men on earth, one greater

Than has come with you; no commoner carries

Such weapons, unless his appearance, and his beauty,

Are both lies.