The Viking Wars: War and Peace in King Alfred's Britain: 789-955
by Max Adams
- Religion & The Ancient World, European History , Best of 2018
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The Vikings and the birth of Britain
In 865, a great Viking army landed in East Anglia, precipitating a series of wars that would last until the middle of the following century. It was in this time of crisis that the diverse modern kingdoms of Britain were born as they faced the Viking threat.
Traditionally, Alfred the Great is cast as the central player in the story of Viking Age Britain. But Max Adams takes a more nuanced narrative approach to this conventional version of history, revealing how the Britain encountered by the Scandinavians was one of regional diversity and self-conscious cultural identities.
Here is the most wide-ranging account to date of the violent era between the first Scandinavian raids in 789 and the final expulsion of the Vikings from York in 954.
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|Release Date:||August 7, 2018|