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The Battle of Brunanburh

In the year 937, Æthelstan, King of England, found himself under attack from a coalition of his enemies. In this episode, Michael and Kelly tell us about the Battle of Brunanburh, including where it was fought and the amazing poem about the battle preserved in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

The poem of the Battle of Brunanburh is preserved in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Here is a reading of it, accompanied by an English translation:


Bow and Blade is hosted by Kelly DeVries and Michael Livingston.

Kelly DeVries is a Professor at Loyola University in Maryland and Honorary Historical Consultant at the Royal Armouries. You can learn more about Kelly on his university webpage.

Michael Livingston teaches at The Citadel and is the author of numerous books on medieval history as well as fiction novels. You can learn more about Michael on his website, or follow him on Twitter @medievalguy


You can learn more about the battle in Michael Livingston’s book Never Greater Slaughter: Brunanburh and the Birth of England

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Music: “Battle of the Creek” by Alexander Nakarada (
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Top Image: British Library MS Cotton MS Claudius B IV