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¥lfred's Britain : war and peace in the Viking age

By: Adams, Max

1784080314 / 9781784080310
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20 cm xviii, 509 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
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Reprint. "An Apollo book" Maps on inside covers. Originally published: 2017.

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.


1DBKE England, 3F c 500 CE to c 1000 CE, HBJD1 British & Irish history, HBLC Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500

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