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The Battle of Maldon: War and Peace in Tenth-Century England
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The Battle of Maldon: War and Peace in Tenth-Century England (Hardback)

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It describes a bloody skirmish along the banks of the tidal river Blackwater in the year 991, when the renowned Anglo-Saxon shield wall failed and was overwhelmed by a sizeable force of Danish marauders. The poem is one of the emblematic documents of the early Middle Ages in England; and its vibrant detail suggests that it was written soon after the battle. But as Mark Atherton reveals, in his authoritative treatment of this iconic text and its history, it is more. Maldon decisively changed attitudes at the English court which led to fresh policies that halted the advance of the Viking invader. This turning of the tide permitted the cultural renaissance centred on Winchester, which had accompanied the unification of England under King Edgar (r. 959 - 975), to continue - to the immeasurable profit of English identity and sense of self. Using his own vivid translations, the author shows how Maldon and its aftermath transformed the destiny of a nation.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: classical, early & medievalFiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poetsHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesHistory of ideasReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian Churches & denominations Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 29/10/2020 ISBN-13: 9781784537913  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Mark Atherton, a specialist in Old English and Anglo-Saxon studies, is Lecturer in English Language and Literature at Regent's Park College, Oxford, and is in addition a member of the Faculty of English in the University of Oxford. His earlier books are Celts and Christians: New Approaches to the Religious Traditions of Britain and Ireland (2002); Hildegard of Bingen: Selected Writings (for Penguin Classics, 2005); (Teach Yourself) Complete Old English/Anglo-Saxon (2010); There and Back Again: J R R Tolkien and the Origins of the Hobbit (I.B.Tauris, 2012, paperback 2014); and, most recently, The Making of England: A New History of the Anglo-Saxon World (I.B.Tauris, 2017).

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