'The story of the Viking Great Army and its campaigns changed the political landscape of the British Isles forever. Until recently it seemed as if nothing more was likely to be discovered about the course of these dramatic events. This exciting book describes stunning new archaeological discoveries that totally rewrite our view of what happened. Here, in mesmerizing detail, we can follow the army as it criss-crossed Britain in the time of Alfred the Great, demolishing the old kingdoms. With gripping immediacy the book backs up the monastic chroniclers’ stories of the scale of the threat and the devastation the army wrought in its remorseless progress across the land. 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'