By Max Adams
In 865, a very good Viking military landed in East Anglia, precipitating a sequence of wars that may final until eventually the center of the next century. It was once during this time of hindrance that the fashionable kingdoms of england have been born. of their responses to the Viking possibility, those kingdoms cast their identities as hybrid cultures: bright and entrepreneurial peoples adapting to instability and chance.
Traditionally, Ælfred the good is forged because the critical participant within the tale of Viking Age Britain. yet Max Adams, whereas stressing the genius of Ælfred as battle chief, law-giver, and forger of the English country, has a extra nuanced and variegated narrative to narrate. the england encountered through the Scandinavians of the 9th and 10th centuries used to be considered one of neighborhood range 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