Discuss the significance of the following lines: “How many wars/Have been put to rest in a prince’s bed? /Few. A bride can bring a little/Peace, make spears silent for a time, /But not long.”

Discuss the significance of the following lines: “How many wars/Have been put to rest in a prince’s bed? /Few. A bride can bring a little/Peace, make spears silent for a time, /But not long.”

These lines refer to royal families’ practice of striking marital alliances with the intention of resolving disputes. In many cases, the peace achieved in this manner turned out to be fragile and short-lived. For instance, in Beowulf, King Hrothgar gives his daughter Freawaru in marriage to Ingeld to establish cordial relations between the Danes and the Heathobards. However, Ingeld turns against Hrothgar, and the truce between the two kingdoms comes to an end abruptly.

 
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