Potiphar12's Blog
An Octogenarian in the modern world

THE BATTLE OF MALDON

Off tomorrow (courtesy of daughter and son-in-law) to visit places that meant something to me. This time, Maldon, Essex, where an Anglo-Saxon called Byrthnoth lost to some marauding vikings in 991. The Anlgo-Saxons are favourites of mine because of the loyalty of each tribe to it’s chief and their habit of fighting to the last man, whatever the odds.They did their dying well.

The story is that the vikings landed by accident on an island (Northey) which is linked to the mainland by a causeway that is covered at high tide. The vikings asked Byrhtnoth for safe passage across the causeway so that they could have a proper battle. He agreed (nobody know quite why), the Anglo-Saxons lost, and Byrhtnoth got his head chopped off. He got a glorious death, which suited his culture.

Here, this week in England, we are promised  a mighty battle to decide whether or not Boris (the Anglo-Saxon) will get enough support to get his deal with the EU (the vikings) through parliament. Will he get his head chopped off or will he win?

No Responses to “THE BATTLE OF MALDON”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: