Viking Britain

Viking Britain A new narrative history of the Viking Age, interwoven with exploration of the physical remains and landscapes that the Vikings fashioned and walked their rune stones and ship burials, settlements and battlefields Britain in the Viking Age was a turbulent violent place, and the war lords of the age

Athelstan: The Making of England

Athelstan: The Making of England The formation of England occurred against the odds an island divided into rival kingdoms, under savage assault from Viking hordes But, after King Alfred ensured the survival of Wessex and his son Edward expanded it, his grandson Athelstan inherited the rule of both Mercia and Wessex, conquered

Aethelred the Unready: The Failed King

Aethelred the Unready: The Failed King In his fascinating new book in the Penguin Monarchs series, Richard Abels examines the long and troubled reign of Aethelred II the Unraed , the Ill Advised It is characteristic of Aethelred s reign that its greatest surviving work of literature, the poem The Battle of Maldon, should be a record

Æthelred: The Unready

Æthelred: The Unready An imaginative reassessment of thelred the Unready, one of medieval Englands most maligned kings and a major Anglo Saxon figure The Anglo Saxon king thelred the Unready 9781016 has long been considered to be inscrutable, irrational, and poorly advised Infamous for his domestic and

Beowulf

Beowulf Beowulf is a major epic of Anglo Saxon literature, probably composed between the first half of the seventh century and the end of the first millennium The poem was inspired by the oral tradition Anglo Saxon and Germanic transcribed a verse epic, recounting the exploits of Beowulf hero who gave his

Sword Song (The Saxon Stories, #4)

Sword Song (The Saxon Stories, #4) The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south Warrior by instinct and Viking by nature, Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, has land, a wife and childrenand a duty to King Alfred to hold the