There Have Been Many Studies Of The Scandinavians In Britain, But This Is The First Collection Of Essays To Be Devoted Solely To Their Engagement With Wessex New Work On The Early Middle Ages, Not Least The Excavations Of Mass Graves Associated With The Viking Age In Dorset And Oxford, Drew Attention To The Gaps In Our Understanding Of The Wider Impact Of Scandinavians In Areas Of Britain Not Traditionally Associated With Them Here, A Multidisciplinary And Interdisciplinary Approach To The Problems Of Their Study Is Presented While There May Not Have Been The Same Degree Of Impact, Discernible Particularly In Place Names And Archaeology, As In Those Areas Of Britain Which Had Substantial Influxes Of Scandinavian Settlers, Wessex Was A Major Theater Of The Viking Wars In The Reigns Of Alfred And AEthelred Unraed Two Major Topics, The Viking Wars And The Danish Landowning Elite, Figure Strongly In This Collection But Are Shown Not To Be The Sole Reasons For The Presence Of Danes, Or Items Associated With Them, In Wessex Multidisciplinary Approaches Evoke Vikings And Danes Not Just Through The Written Record, But Through Their Impact On Real And Imaginary Landscapes And Via The Objects They Owned Or Produced The Papers Raise Wider Questions Too, Such As When Did Aggressive Vikings Morph Into Acceptable Danes, And What Issues Of Identity Were There For Natives And Incomers In A Province Whose Founders Were Believed To Have Also Come From North Sea Areas, If Not From Parts Of Denmark Itself Readers Can Continue For Themselves Aspects Of These Broader Debates That Will Be Stimulated By This Fascinating And Significant Series Of Studies By Both Established Scholars And New ResearchersContents Introduction Danes In Wessex Ryan Lavelle And Simon Roffey West Saxons And Danes Negotiating Identities In The Early Middle Ages Simon Roffey And Ryan Lavelle The Place Of Slaughter Exploring The West Saxon Battlescape Thomas JT Williams A Review Of Viking Attacks In Western England To The Early Tenth Century Their Motives And Responses Derek Gore Landscapes Of Violence In Early Medieval Wessex Towards A Reassessment Of Anglo Saxon Strategic Landscapes John Baker And Stuart Brookes Scandinavian Style Metalwork From Southern England New Light On The First Viking Age In Wessex Jane Kershaw Death On The Dorset Ridgeway The Discovery And Excavation Of An Early Medieval Mass Burial Angela Boyle Law, Death And Peacemaking In The Second Viking Age An Ealdorman, His King, And Some Danes In Wessex Ryan Lavelle Thorkell The Tall And The Bubble Reputation The Vicissitudes Of Fame Ann Williams A Place In The Country Orc Of Abbotsbury And Tole Of Tolpuddle, Dorset Ann Williams Danish Landowners In Wessex In CP Lewis Danish Royal Burials In Winchester Cnut And His Family Martin Biddle And Birthe Kj Lbye Biddle Some Observations On Danes In Wessex Today Lillian Ce Spedes Gonza Lez
Ryan Lavelle is Reader in Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester He is Convenor of the Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology and a member of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research.
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- Danes in Wessex: The Scandinavian Impact on Southern England, c. 800-c. 1100
- Ryan Lavelle
- 09 December 2019 Ryan Lavelle