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12 The Battle of Maldon Presentation

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Jason McLarney

on 17 October 2013

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Transcript of 12 The Battle of Maldon Presentation

Historical Background
King Aethelred
Reigned as King of England: 971-1016 AD
Brithnoth
Formed and led Anglo-Saxon army
Fyrd
huscarls
thegns
Anglo-Saxon lord under King Aethlered
Anlaf
Led Vikings into combat
Conducted raids at Folkeston, Sandwich, and Ipswich prior to Maldon
Crossing of the Causeway - Brygg
Danegeld?
Pride?
Honor?
Brithnoth Falls
deception - one on one combat
Brithnoth is killed
Anglo-Saxons panic
Significance
Victory or utter Failure?
Ancestral Shame
vs.
Ancestral Honor
Consequences to Defeat
"The Battle of Maldon"
One of the most famous pieces of Old English literature
Fire of 1731
Destroyed the original copy of "The Battle of Maldon" along with other pieces in Sir Robert Bruce Cotton's collection
Loss of beginning and ending verses
Themes
Pride
Honor vs. Shame
"The Battle of Maldon", Today
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