Just Posted: Chapter 22,  ‘THE BATTLE OF MALDON’ to SVEIN’S SAGA

King IVAR the BONELESS was Prince IVAR (Igor) of KIEV and his son


I have just posted a first draft of Chapter 22,  ‘THE BATTLE OF MALDON’ of “The Saga of Svein ‘the Old’ Ivarson” Book Four to the website SeiberTeck.com under the Book Heading of that name.

The Helm of Earl Byrhtnoth of Essex

Book 4, Chapter 22,  ‘THE BATTLE OF MALDON’  (Circa 991 AD):

Please Note: This website is about Vikings and Varangians and the way they lived over a thousand years ago.  The content is as explicit as Vikings of that time were and scenes of violence and sexuality are depicted without reservation or apology.  Reader discretion is advised.

The Earl Byrhtnoth of Essex once more offered to rid Princess Gyda of the Viking pestilence that had infected her dominion of Suffolk to which offer Jarl Olaf Tryggvason strongly objected.  Gloves were removed, faces were slapped, and the princely duel was on.  Olaf took his Hraes’ regiment of foot to Maldon to face the Earl’s regimental fyrd, who arrived on horseback, but dismounted to fight on foot.  By the time King Sweyn returned to Angleland from Baghdad, the battle was over, but Jarl Olaf had hired the Earl’s own skald to write a poem of the battle and the skald recites it to the king in a highseat hall in Maldon.  The poem he recites is the one that has survived in the English Annals and is missing the cover and tailing pages, but covers the battle in the kind of detail customary of the past.  Since the epic poem is being recited to Olaf and Sweyn, it would seem that Earl Byrhtnoth lost.

“Then went forth the proud thanes,

Brave men – hastened eagerly,

And willed they all – for one of two things:

Their lives to lose, or their loved lord to avenge.”

His famed thanes, those that did not flee, fought on bravely and lost their lives along with their lord and earl.

King Sweyn attacked the walled city of Chelmsfyrd with his Hraes’ mobile legion and Jarl Olaf attacked the city of Colchester with his regiments.  Both metropolises fell and were plundered in the old Roman fashion and the enslaved were allowed ransom.  Hraes’ slaver knars took the unransomed east to the slave schools of Kiev.

King Athelred arrived with an army and trapped King Sweyn and his legion inside the walls of Chelmsfyrd, so, the Danes began throwing the captive priests to their deaths from the gate towers.  Jarl Olaf had offered Earl Byrhtnoth peace for two thousand pounds of silver, which he refused and died, so, Sweyn felt he should at least make the king of Angleland a similar offer.

The entry in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for that year said:

‘A.D. 991.  This year was Ipswich plundered; and very soon

afterwards was Alderman Byrhtnoth slain at Maldon.  In this

same year it was resolved that tribute should be given, for the

first time, to the Danes, for the great terror they occasioned by

the sea-coast.  That was first 10,000 pounds.  The first who

advised this measure was Archbishop Siric.’

The Statue of Earl Byrhtnoth of Essex in Maldon

Book Four, “The Saga of Svein ‘the Old’ Ivarson,” demonstrates how Prince Svein ‘the Old’ (Slavic: Sviatoslav ‘the Brave’) of Kiev later moved to Norway and fought to become King Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark.  But before being forced out of Russia, he sated his battle lust by crushing the Khazars and attacking the great great grandfather of Vlad the Impaler in a bloody campaign into the Heart of Darkness of Wallachia against the Army of the Impalers and their 666 salute.  The campaign was so mortifying that the fifteen thousand pounds of gold that the Emperor of Constantinople paid him to attack them seemed not nearly enough, so Prince Svein attacked the Eastern Roman Empire itself.  He came so close to defeating the greatest empire in the world, that later Danish Christian Kings would call his saga, and the sagas of his kin, “The Lying Sagas of Denmark” and set out to destroy them.

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