New PDF release: Aelfred's Britain: War and Peace in the Viking Age

By Max Adams

In 865, a superb Viking military landed in East Anglia, precipitating a sequence of wars that may final until eventually the center of the subsequent century. It used to be during this time of obstacle that the fashionable kingdoms of england have been born. of their responses to the Viking risk, those kingdoms solid their identities as hybrid cultures: brilliant and entrepreneurial peoples adapting to instability and chance.

Traditionally, Ælfred the good is solid because the critical participant within the tale of Viking Age Britain. yet Max Adams, whereas stressing the genius of Ælfred as conflict chief, law-giver, and forger of the English state, has a extra nuanced and variegated narrative to narrate. the england encountered through the Scandinavians of the 9th and 10th centuries was once one in all nearby variety and self-conscious cultural identities: of Picts, Dál Riatans and Strathclyde Britons; of Bernicians and Deirans, East Anglians, Mercians and West Saxons.

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