Beowulf: King or Con? has created division amongst Professor Sinclair’s contemporaries. Critics of his previous lectures (Alfred, Not So Great and The Anglo-Saxons Should Thank the Normans) claim Sinclair has sunk to a new low; attempting to kowtow to the lowest academic denominator with wild claims and questionable sources. However, Alistair has received support from J.R.R. Tolkien, the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford (and a fellow Beowulf “expert”), who praises the lecture for supporting the idea that Beowulf should be viewed as a work of art rather than a “dodgy” piece of history.
Amidst the controversy, Professor Sinclair has been invited to lecture in the United States at the request of the Anglo-Saxon Colloquium ( Columbia University, New York University, Rutgers University, Princeton University, and Miskatonic University). Professor Sinclair, accompanied by his Graduate Assistant (and card-carrying Communist), Hugh d’Arcy, will be stateside from June 1st through July 11th.