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The Battle of Maldon

Some issues and themes to consider when writing about The Battle of Maldon.


Consider these two statements about the poem, from Dolores Warwick Frese 'Poetic Prowess in Brunanburh and Maldon: Winning, Losing, and Literary Outcome' in Phyllis Rugg Brown, Georgia Ronan Crampton and Fred C. Robinson (eds.) Modes of Interpretation in Old English Literature (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1986) pp. 83-99. What is the meaning of such an emphasis on speech? Is such an emphasis to be found in other OE literature? Is Byrhtnoth really a wordsmith instead of a warsmith, or is his speech backed up by action?



Military aspects


Historical context

Intertextuality and formulae

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