Aelfred's Britain: War and Peace in the Viking Age by Max Adams

By Max Adams

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

Traditionally, Ælfred the good is solid because the relevant participant within the tale of Viking Age Britain. yet Max Adams, whereas stressing the genius of Ælfred as battle 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 used to be 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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