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Battle of Brunanburh, The.

Battle of Brunanburh, The , Brunanburh also spelled Brunnanburh. Old English poem of 73 lines included in several manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle under the year 937. It relates the victory of the Saxon king Athelstan over the allied Norse, Scots, and Strathclyde Briton invaders under the leadership of Olaf Guthfrithson, king of Dublin and claimant to the throne of York. The poem is basically the victors' bitter taunt of the defeated. It counts the dead kings and earls on the battlefield and pictures the Norsemen slinking home while their dead sons are being devoured by ravens and wolves.

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Date:Jan 1, 1995
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