Most of the entries in the 'Chronicle' are bare and brief, but sometimes, especially in the accounts of Alfred's own splendid exploits, a writer is roused to spirited narrative, occasionally in verse; and in the tenth century two great battles against invading Northmen, at Brunanburh
and Maldon, produced the only important extant pieces of Anglo-Saxon poetry which certainly belong to the West Saxon period.
Did you know there was a Battle of Brunanburh
? To discover the answers, get yourself down for an afternoon of fascination as local popular historian Ken Pye, takes you on a whistle-stop tour through the history of the wonderful Wirral Peninsula.
Pero tambien puede verse el dialogo que establece con estas culturas, entre otros textos, en poemas como" Storni Sturluson" y "A Carlos XII" (El otro, el mismo, 1964), "A Islandia" (El oro de los tigres, 1972), "Brunanburh
, 937 A.D." y "Elegia" (La rosa profunda, 1975), como asi tambien en cuentos como "Ulrica" y "El disco" (El libro de arena), en estudios como Literaturas germanicas medievales (en colaboracion con Maria Esther Vasquez en 1965 y en el que revisa y corrige su ensayo sobre Antiguas literaturas germanicas, de 1951, publicado junto a Delia Ingenieros) y, por supuesto, en la edicion de la Breve antologia anglosajona (1978) junto a Maria Kodama.
After all, Old English alliterative poems as prominent as Guthlac A, The Battle of Brunanburh
and The Battle of Maldon were composed not long after the events that they recount took place.
The name comes from Brunanburgh or Brunanburh
, which gave its name to a famous Viking battle fought in AD937.
Alfred's able grandson Athelstan, after a momentous battle at Brunanburh
, (wherever it was), hammered the whole raft of the opposition and effectively became King of all England.
Her choices are mostly from a number of Old Norse Skaldic and Eddic verses, from Old English charms and heroic poetry such as Deor, Beowulf, Maldon, and Brunanburh
, and select pieces of Early Irish heroic and historiographic poetry, including Lebor Gabala Erenn, Cath Maige Tuired, and the Ulster Cycle.
For example, a verse in section 1 of "The Battle of Brunanburh
" reads, "Sword-slit ship-man crawling in the surge, waxy as tallow; current whips him away.
Twelve chapters are: interdisciplinary approaches; a brief history and archaeology; speaking like a Viking; Viking-Age women; taking sides; the Battle of Brunanburh
in 937; Viking Age rural settlement; a Viking-Age site; were there Vikings in Carlisle?; Viking-Age silver; what can genetics tell us; figuring it out.
Elsewhere Foot tackles other thorny issues, most notably the vexing question of where the great battle of Brunanburh
took place (172-179).
His most recent books are Owain Glyndwr: A Casebook (Liverpool, 2013), and The Battle of Brunanburh
: A Casebook (Exeter, 2011).