By Max Adams
In 865, an outstanding Viking military landed in East Anglia, precipitating a sequence of wars that might final until eventually the center of the next century. It used to be during this time of problem that the fashionable kingdoms of england have been born. of their responses to the Viking hazard, those kingdoms solid their identities as hybrid cultures: bright and entrepreneurial peoples adapting to instability and chance.
Traditionally, Ælfred the good is solid because the primary 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 country, has a extra nuanced and variegated narrative to narrate. the england encountered via the Scandinavians of the 9th and 10th centuries was once considered one of local 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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Aelfred's Britain: War and Peace in the Viking Age by Max Adams