By Max Adams
In 865, an excellent Viking military landed in East Anglia, precipitating a sequence of wars that might final till the center of the next century. It used to be during this time of concern that the fashionable kingdoms of england have been born. of their responses to the Viking chance, 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 vital participant within the tale of Viking Age Britain. yet Max Adams, whereas stressing the genius of Ælfred as warfare chief, law-giver, and forger of the English kingdom, has a extra nuanced and variegated narrative to narrate. the england encountered by way of the Scandinavians of the 9th and 10th centuries used to be one in every of nearby 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