Byrhtnoth at the Battle of Maldon by Robin Campbell

Byrhtnoth at the Battle of Maldon

Written by Robin Campbell
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Byrhtnoth at the Battle of Maldon by Robin Campbell

Byrhtnoth at the Battle of Maldon relays the story of the mighty Saxon leader as he leads his army against marauding Vikings, in an attempt to defend his homeland of East Anglia. In a battle of both heroism and cowardice, it is the sheer determination of their leader Byrhtnoth that is recalled to this day. Aimed at children aged 8 - 12 years, this story will open their eyes to the nature of battle in the year 991 when a very large force of Danes prepared to attack the Essex coastline in Maldon. Byrhtnoth would not agree to pay the requested tribute of silver to avoid battle, instead setting up a small army by the narrow causeway across the river from the Danes. Arrows, spears and swords were thrown by both sides in the ferocious battle of Maldon. This work of fiction brings together historical truth and the excitement of battle to teach children about the history of England, the Saxons and the invasion of the Vikings. Inspired by the work of Michael Murpogo, Byrhtnoth at the Battle of Maldon will appeal to children who enjoy historical novels and who are looking to learn about history in an exciting manner, as well as fans of Robin Campbell's previous books, Running One Thousand Miles and Gallipoli Guns.

About the Author

Author of Running One Thousand Miles (Matador, 2015) and Gallipoli Guns (Matador, 2015), Robin Campbell is a former primary school teacher, head teacher and Professor of Primary Education. During that time he wrote 15 books on literacy development and now writes fiction for children.

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80 pages


Robin Campbell
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Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing

Publication date

7th July 2016



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