The Viking Great Army that swept through England between AD 865 and 878 altered the course of British history. Instead of making quick smash-and-grab summer raids for silver and slaves, Vikings now remained in the country and became immersed in its communities. The Viking army was here to stay.
Tracing the movements of the Great Army across the country, this book pieces together a new picture of Viking Age England in unprecedented detail, from swords, coins, jewelry and the burials of great warriors to the everyday objects that ordinary farmers and craftsmen discarded. Drawing on the most up-to-date discoveries and the latest scientific techniques, this is the definitive account of a vital period in England’s history.
'Exciting ... describes stunning new archaeological discoveries that totally rewrite our view of what happened ... Unmissable for anyone interested in early medieval history and who finds the Viking Age one of the most dramatic, violent, yet formative epochs in British history'
Michael Wood, Historian and author of 'The Story of China' and 'In Search of the Dark Ages'
'A detailed yet enjoyable read, and a timely stock-take of this pivotal point in the history of England. It is a story that could never before have been told as fully as it can now'
Cat Jarman, Current Archaeology
'A superbly well-written synthesis, combining historical overview, archaeological analysis, and insightful interpretation'
Neil Faulkner, The Past
'Impressive ... an essential addition to the shelves of those with an interest in the Viking Age and the events that would shape the political development of England'
'Highly readable … replete with maps and illustrations helping to bring this vital period convincingly to life'
Archaeology & Conservation in Derbyshire
'An important, useful, and enjoyable book … a remarkable achievement'
The History Teacher