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Publisher Description

A history of Britain in the violent and unruly era between the first Scandinavian raids in 789 and the final expulsion of the Vikings from York in 954.

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 modern kingdoms of Britain were born. In their responses to the Viking threat, these kingdoms forged their identities as hybrid cultures: vibrant and entrepreneurial peoples adapting to instability and opportunity.

Traditionally, Alfred the Great is cast as the central player in the story of Viking Age Britain. But Max Adams, while stressing the genius of Alfred as war leader, law-giver, and forger of the English nation, has a more nuanced narrative approach to this conventional version of history. The Britain encountered by the Scandinavians of the ninth and tenth centuries was one of regional diversity and self-conscious cultural identities, depicted in glorious narrative fashion in The Viking Wars.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2018
August 7
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
512
Pages
PUBLISHER
Pegasus Books
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
96.3
MB

Customer Reviews

sunman42 ,

An excellent history, but....

A lot of interesting material not just about the Vikings and their wars with the various Anglo-Saxon, British, and more northern kingdoms, but on the economics and geography of Britain in the seventh through tenth centuries CE.

And all terribly marred by a raiding fleet’s worth of typos, bad enough when a familiar word is mangled, but infuriating when a Saxon name is the victim. Rather than starting with a digital edition of the manuscript, evidently the product of the unproofread OCR using a poor software product. Sham3 on the publisher.

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