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The Battle of Maldon

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Text and translation of the Anglo-Saxon poem.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 31st 1991 by Anglo-Saxon Books (first published 1090)
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May 19, 2014 Zadignose added it
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An interesting little snippet. I didn't read 96 pages. I read four or five, or whatever the length of the actual poem is... in translation of course.

Brave Anglo-Saxon Dude makes the mistake of allowing the Danes to cross a river so they can join in battle, Earl bravely dies, some cowards run away and create chaos (one rode the Earl's horse to flee, and some soldiers believed the Earl himself to be fleeing), while the bravest commit themselves to die in the effort to avenge their fallen hero.

Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Title: Elene; Judith; Athelstan, or the Fight at Brunanburh; Byrhtnoth, or the Fight at Maldon; and the Dream of the Rood
Anglo-Saxon Poems

Author: Anonymous

Translator: James M. Garnett

Release Date: May 23, 2005 [EBook #15879]

Language: English

Read here:


I. Constantine sees the vision of the rood 1

II. Constantine is victorious, the sign is explained, and he is
baptized 4

III. Helena sets out on her journey in search of the cross, and
arrives at Jerus
Angela Alcorn
We have this as part of an anthology by Kevin Crossley-Holland: The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology.
Jan 08, 2016 Eric rated it it was amazing
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It's sad that this old English epic poem exists only as a fragment, having been damaged in a fire in 1731...too bad the owner did not have the foresight to have it copied.
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I had to read this as part of a class, but I found the poem more enjoyable than I thought it would be. It's interesting from a language perspective and an enjoyable read.
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I really liked this piece. The themes of loyalty to one's lord and to your fellow warriors were great. This was a great historical account that supplements my class learning.
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