Battle of Maldon: An historical literary reading.
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Written in English


  • Maldon (Anglo-Saxon poem)

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Paginationiv, 76 l.
Number of Pages76
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Open LibraryOL16741892M

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The Battle of Maldon is a poem that juggles with the conflicting forces of telling a story of defeat while also upholding heroic values. The language of the poem reflects this struggle between historical accuracy and “propaganda”, which due ultimately results in the glorification of the Saxons and the marginalization of the Viking forces   1. The Battle of Maldon, History, Literature, and Politics The Battle of Maldon is a poem whose origin is not clear, as is the case with Anglo-Saxon poetry in general. The poem is set on the battle of Maldon, an encounter between the Anglo-Saxons, led by the ealdorman Byrhtnoth, and the Vikings, headed by Olaf Tryggvason, in the east of ?sequence=1&isAllowed=y. The Battle of Maldon, Old English heroic poem describing a historical skirmish between East Saxons and Viking (mainly Norwegian) raiders in It is incomplete, its beginning and ending both lost. The poem is remarkable for its vivid, dramatic combat scenes and for its expression of the Germanic ethos of loyalty to a leader. The poem, as it survives, opens with the war parties aligned on Buy The Battle of Maldon: Fiction and Fact by Janet Cooper, Janet Cooper (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible  › History › Europe › Great Britain.

The Battle of Maldon refers to an alliterative poem glorifying an actual historical engagement which shares its name. The actual battle of Maldon occurred in and pitted valorous Anglo-Saxon warriors against the Danish :// Reading a text such as this is about much more than just the text itself: The glossary, plates, notes, introduction all are very important. The battle of Maldon is a poignant depiction of what it is like to be on the losing side of a battle, but nevertheless stay true to a warrior code that prevailed at that time for the Anglo-Saxons (while A wonderful book, The Last Apocalypse by James Reston, Jr. details this battle and it’s significance. He visits this location and describes what it must have been like. The book is about Europe in the year AD. Reading the chapter on the battle made me want to read the whole :// Historical poems such as “The Battle of Brunanburh” (after ) and “The Battle of Maldon” (after ) are fixed by the dates of the events they commemorate. A translation of one of Aldhelm ’s riddles is found not only in the Exeter Book but also in an early 9th-century manuscript at Leiden, ://

The latter are about meeting the enemy in battle, about motivations and incentives for the armies to fight, and descriptions of the fight with literary metaphors and analogies. Maldon and Hildebrandslied are outstanding examples in this sense. 9 But this is also where the Ludwigslied falls short. The Northmen are :// Some significant literary work in this period: 1. Ecclesiastical History of the English People and Caedmon Hymn by Bede 2. Anglo-Saxon Chronicle by Alfred the Great 3. The Wonderer 4. Deor’s Lament 5. A Dream of the Rood 6. The Battle of Maldon 7. Beowulf (Lone Surviving Epic of English Literature) Some of his influences are classical Greek literature, such as Euripides, and The Battle of Maldon, an Anglo-Saxon oeuvre whose author is unknown. The attention given to Lord of the Flies, Golding's first novel, by college students in the s and s drove literary critics' attention Sir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet   Old English literature, or Anglo-Saxon literature, encompasses literature written in Old English, in Anglo-Saxon England from the 7th century to the decades after the Norman Conquest of "Cædmon's Hymn", composed in the 7th century, according to Bede, is often considered as the oldest surviving poem in written in the midth century represents some of the latest