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Some scholars have suggested that the manuscript was made at the end of the 10th century, others in the early decades of the 11th, perhaps as late as the reign of King Cnut, who ruled England from 1016 until 1035.
The most likely time for Beowulf to have been copied is the early 11th century, which makes the manuscript approximately 1,000 years old.
Apart from Beowulf, the manuscript contains several other medieval texts.
These comprise a homily on St Christopher; the 'Marvels of the East', illustrated with wondrous beasts and deformed monsters; the 'Letter of Alexander to Aristotle'; and an imperfect copy of another Old English poem, 'Judith'.
Beowulf enters the dragon’s mound and kills his foe, but not before he himself has been fatally wounded.The Geatish prince Beowulf hears of his neighbours’ plight, and sails to their aid with a band of warriors.