Aelfred's Britain: War and Peace in the Viking Age (Paperback)
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Aelfred's Britain: War and Peace in the Viking Age (Paperback)

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Paperback 528 Pages / Published: 03/05/2018
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'This is much more than a book about the Vikings versus King Alfred ... [Adams'] great achievement is to cover events throughout the whole of Britain with some excursions into Ireland and Europe as well' - TLS

The story of Aelfred the Great, his war aginst the Vikings and the foundations of modern Britain.

In AD 865, a 'great host' of battle-hardened Norse warriors landed on England's eastern coast, overwhelmed East Anglia with terrifying swiftness and laid the North to waste. Ghosting along estuaries and inshore waters, in 871 they penetrated deep into the southern kingdom of Wessex, ruled over by a new and untested king, Aelfred son of Aedelwulf. It seemed as though the End of Days was come.

Max Adams tells the story of the heroic efforts of Aelfred, his successors and fellow-kings of Britain, to adapt and survive in the face of an apocalyptic threat; and in so doing, to lay the foundations of the nations of modern Britain in all their regional diversity.

Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781784080310
Number of pages: 528
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This engrossing history of the British people between the first Viking raids in 865 and the expulsion of the Vikings from York in 954 is notable for being a more nuanced portrait of that era ... Lands other than Wessex come into fascinating new focus' - The Bookseller

'An evocative look at a period that continues to grab the popular imagination' - History Revealed

'This is much more than a book about the Vikings versus King Alfred ... [Adams'] great achievement is to cover events throughout the whole of Britain with some excursions into Ireland and Europe as well' - TLS

'A beautifully crafted and impeccably compiled book, and one that is certainly a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in the events and figures that moulded Britain during the reign of the Vikings' - All About History

'Essential reading for all those interested in late Anglo-Saxon Britain' - Historical Novel Society

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