Danes in Wessex

The Scandinavian Impact on Southern England, c. 800–c. 1100

Author: Ryan Lavelle,Simon Roffey

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 1782979328

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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There have been many studies of the Scandinavians in Britain, but this is the first collection of essays to be devoted solely to their engagement with Wessex. New work on the early Middle Ages, not least the excavations of mass graves associated with the Viking Age in Dorset and Oxford, drew attention to the gaps in our understanding of the wider impact of Scandinavians in areas of Britain not traditionally associated with them. Here, a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to the problems of their study is presented. While there may not have been the same degree of impact, discernible particularly in place-names and archaeology, as in those areas of Britain which had substantial influxes of Scandinavian settlers, Wessex was a major theater of the Viking wars in the reigns of Alfred and Æthelred Unræd. Two major topics, the Viking wars and the Danish landowning elite, figure strongly in this collection but are shown not to be the sole reasons for the presence of Danes, or items associated with them, in Wessex. Multidisciplinary approaches evoke Vikings and Danes not just through the written record, but through their impact on real and imaginary landscapes and via the objects they owned or produced. The papers raise wider questions too, such as when did aggressive Vikings morph into more acceptable Danes, and what issues of identity were there for natives and incomers in a province whose founders were believed to have also come from North Sea areas, if not from parts of Denmark itself? Readers can continue for themselves aspects of these broader debates that will be stimulated by this fascinating and significant series of studies by both established scholars and new researchers.
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Æthelred

The Unready

Author: Levi Roach

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300225202

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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divAn imaginative reassessment of Æthelred "the Unready," one of medieval England’s most maligned kings and a major Anglo-Saxon figure The Anglo-Saxon king Æthelred "the Unready" (978–1016) has
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Skates Made of Bone

A History

Author: B.A. Thurber

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476637377

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 194

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Ice skates made from animal bones were used in Europe for millennia before metal-bladed skates were invented. Archaeological sites have yielded thousands of examples, some of them dating to the Bronze Age. They are often mentioned in popular books on the Vikings and sometimes appear in children's literature. Even after metal skates became the norm, people in rural areas continued to use bone skates into the early 1970s. Today, bone skates help scientists and re-enactors understand migrations and interactions among ancient peoples. This book explains how to make and use them and chronicles their history, from their likely invention in the Eurasian steppes to their disappearance in the modern era.
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Denmark

An Official Handbook

Author: Denmark. Udenrigsministeriet,Denmark. Udenrigsministeriet. Presse- og informationsafdelingen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Denmark

Page: 806

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Denmark

An Official Handbook

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Denmark

Page: N.A

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Denmark

An Official Handbook

Author: Bent Rying,Mikal Rode,Reginald Spink,Denmark. Udenrigsministeriet. Presse- og informationsafdelingen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Denmark

Page: 806

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The Encyclopædic Dictionary

A New, and Original Work of Reference to All the Words in the English Language with a Full Account of Their Origin, Meaning, Pronounciation, and Use

Author: Robert Hunter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: N.A

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