The Battle of Maldon (in English Translation)

Battle of Maldon

Another great poetry must read includes The Battle of Maldon.

Written in Old English, this terrific poem narrates the stand of the Anglo-Saxons against the fierce Viking invasion of 991AD that was fought near Maldon in Essex. While the received text is incomplete: the remaining verses convey the intense battle scene masterfully – telling with poignant clarity the final stand of Earl Byrhtnoth and his thegns against the Viking mauraders.

  • Byrhtnoth – still urging his thegns onward – dies in battle, commending his soul to God. How will his troops respond once they know that their war-leader is dead?
  • King Aethelred soon hears the news of the battle’s outcome. What steps can he now take to protect his people?

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