East of England
Byrhtnoth the Ealdorman of Essex
Ealdorman of Essex who died 10 August 991 at the Battle of Maldon. His name is composed of Old English beorht (bright) and noth (courage). He is the subject of an ancient poem
Bronze statue of a medieval knight with sword and shield on a bronze column with reliefs showing scenes of the Battle of Maldon and from the way of life in the 10th century, and at the bottom the prayer: grant me o lord thy grace and the date august 10 991.
BYRHTNOTH THE EARLDORMAN OF ESSEX
byrthnoth, represented by the figure standing on
this monument, was the principal voice in rejecting
the policy of appeasement which dominated the court
of king ethelred in the closing years of the
the leading military figure of his time;
he was probably aged 68 when he confronted
the vikings at the battle of maldon.
he surrendered his life in defence of
the people, religion and way of life represented
in the lower relief panel of the column.
above it you will see aspects of the battle
in which he died.
around the base is a quotation from his final prayer
as recorded in the surviving fragment of the poem
"the battle of maldon."
Note: the spelling Earldorman seems not to be right.
The statue is facing the battle site of Northey Island and the Causeway.
- John Doubleday (Langford, Essex 1947),
British painter and sculptor
(Website – Wikipedia).
Location (N 51°43'33" - E 0°41'57")
Item Code: gbee051; Photograph: 15 August 2015
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