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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; Updated ed edition (25 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752428888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752428888
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The standard introduction to the subject of the Vikings in England"

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From shortly before AD 800 until the Norman conquest, England was subject to raids from seafaring peoples from Scandinavia - the Vikings. They were not only raiders but also traders and settlers. During this period the English state was unified under a single ruler for the first time and Anglo-Saxon society underwent great changes.

Results from major excavations in both the countryside and in towns, such as London, Lincoln and York, mean that it is now possible to reassess the Viking contribution to the history of Late Anglo-Saxon England and to examine the creation of a new mixed Anglo-Scandinavian identity. In this updated and re-illustrated edition of his best-selling textbook (first published almost ten years ago), Julian Richards shows how far local developments responded to these events, and he uses the latest archaeological evidence (especially fieldwork in the Danelaw) to examine various aspects of Anglo-Scandinavian society - rural settlement and the economy, the growth of towns, trade and exchange, craft and industry, burial rituals and stone memorials. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By valkyrie1008 on 9 Feb. 2012
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Overall this book is a very interesting read and does make the reader aware of a lot of important and influental factors affecting not just the Anglo-Saxon people at the time period its writen about but also the factors that influenced many of the Norwegian and Danish viking settlers and their lives since the founding of the Danelaw.

It is rather dry in its tone though, it isn't as informal or as enthusiastic than some other factual books on the middle ages and viking era I have but it did prove to be interesting and a worthwhile read if you want a deeper insight into this time period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ell on 20 Aug. 2014
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This book is, simply put, an good summary of current archaeological (and purely archaeological) evidence for several distinct parts of life in Viking Age England.
Though short, a wide range of subjects from food to stone monuments are discussed, with the author considering throughout whether any changes were due to the Scandinavian presence or not.
My only gripe was that Northumberland (my current residence), was barely mentioned. I understand that this area remained Anglian and did not attract much Viking settlement, but I would have liked to learnt at least a bit about it, and it could easily have been used to highlight a contrast with the nearby rapidly changing Danelaw just to the south.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Bowler on 13 July 2014
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Best book I have red
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Fascinating Piece of Medieval Detective Work 18 Jan. 2010
By Dag Stomberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A fascinating look at the people and culture and who they really
were in England.

Professor Richards specialises in the archaeology of Anglo-Saxon
and Viking Age England.

This encyclopaedic study brings together research on the Age of
The Vikings in the Isle called England. Compelling myths, legends
and bare bones of facts of very important three centuries of
history. This book cover themes that have long preoccupied the
popular imagination of many.

Certainly, background material for those of us who care!

Dag Stomberg
St. Andrews, Scotland
Good archaeological approach 30 Nov. 2014
By R. M. Marsden - Published on Amazon.com
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Takes a generally archaeological approach, describing what has been found; rather than giving a coherent narrative based on lots of conjecture and extrapolation. Nice to see quite a few references to villages local to where I grew up, that I wasn't aware had Viking remains!

Unfortunately the Kindle version is missing the plates. It only has the in-text black&white line drawings.
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