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Author Adams, Max, 1961- author.

Title The Viking wars : war and peace in King Alfred's Britain, 789-955 / Max Adams.

Publication Info. New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    942.0164 ADA    Available
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Edition First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Description xviii, 509 pages : illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
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Note First published in England with the title Alfred's Britain: war and peace in the Viking age; London : Head of Zeus,©‚℗♭2017.
Maps on lining-papers.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 465-489) and index.
Contents The tiger in the smoke, 789-878 -- Newton's cradle, 879-918 -- Going native, 919-955.
Summary A history of Britain in the violent and unruly era between the first Scandinavian raids in 789 and the final expulsion of the Vikings from York in 954. In 865, a great Viking army landed in East Anglia, precipitating a series of wars that would last until the middle of the following century. It was in this time of crisis that the modern kingdoms of Britain were born. In their responses to the Viking threat, these kingdoms forged their identities as hybrid cultures: vibrant and entrepreneurial peoples adapting to instability and opportunity. Traditionally, Alfred the Great is cast as the central player in the story of Viking Age Britain. But author Max Adams, while stressing the genius of Alfred as war leader, law-giver, and forger of the English nation, has a more nuanced narrative approach to this conventional version of history. The Britain encountered by the Scandinavians of the ninth and tenth centuries was one of regional diversity and self-conscious cultural identities, depicted in glorious narrative fashion in The Viking Wars.
Subject Alfred, King of England, 849-899 -- Military leadership.
Vikings -- Warfare -- England.
Great Britain -- History -- Alfred, 871-899.
Great Britain -- History, Military -- 449-1066.
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War and peace in King Alfred's Britain, 789-955
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