on 27 November 2015
So far I've only scanned the contents. I shall go into the book in depth shortly. I'm familiar with the history around Knut's coming originally with his father, Svein 'Forkbeard' through Gainsborough, accession to the throne of England and succession to his brother Harald. He was first and foremost a statesman, seen by his peers across Europe in the 11th Century as a man of vision. He also had his darker side, as when he had Ealdorman Eadric 'Streona' executed as a potential traitor - the man had vacillated between him and Eadmund - and as with sending the two young sons of Eadmund 'Ironside' to Sweden to be 'disposed of', and there is the question of how Jarl Ulf came to be slain in Roskilde Cathedral after the game of chess at the Yuletide in which Jarl Ulf accused him of cheating. I look forward to poring through this book with a fine toothcomb.
on 3 August 2014
To me this book is too scholarly. It spends way to much Space in discussing the various sources and the differences between them - does for example Wiht in one cronicle and Wihtland in another mean the same place, and was that the Isle of Wight ? - and the opinions of various scolars on those sources. The actual story gets lost in all this scholarship. The book may be good in universities, but as casual reading it is not good.