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Chocolate Fezian22 Feb 2014 4:44 p.m. PST

There's this website

IagreewithSpartacus23 Feb 2014 1:55 a.m. PST

Kevin Crossley-Holland published a translation of the Battle of Maldon in the 1970s. I remember being very impressed.

Cardinal Hawkwood23 Feb 2014 3:32 a.m. PST

I translated it myself in 1987 but no longer have a

Cardinal Hawkwood23 Feb 2014 3:38 a.m. PST

Is there anything wrong with the translation on that link?Seems fine to me, attempts to capture the orginal's rythm but cant really do justice to the orginal's alliterative style

Wombling Free23 Feb 2014 6:51 a.m. PST

I'm not sure of your time-frame for advances but these books are certainly good starting points for study of its archaeology and historicity, as well as the poem's place in literature:
Scragg, D. G., ed., The Battle of Maldon AD 991 (Oxford, 1991)
Cooper, Janet, ed., The Battle of Maldon: Fiction and Fact (London, 1993)
A quick search does not show much more recent than these that deals with archaeology or historicity, although Academia.Edu provides a list of papers that might be of interest if you feel like trawling through them:

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