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4.0 out of 5 stars dark age history
A thoroughly enjoyable book to read, informative and written in a style that is clear and easily understood. The book highlights the quest of King Alfred and Wessex to halt the Viking incursions of the 9th century and lay the foundations of the concept of a national identity which would eventually lead to the forming of the state of England. Many notorious Northmen stride...
Published on 19 Feb 2010 by Mr. F. P. M. Jenkins

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rushed and poorly produced
I love the Pen and Sword books, but some are rushed out to fill a gap - and this is one. I recently bought 'Battlefield Yorkshire' and was impressed with the photography, page quality, in depth battle analysis and artwork. I could walk each battlefield afterwards as a learned layman. Not in this case. The book claims to analyse Ethandun in detail. There are no...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rushed and poorly produced, 28 Dec 2012
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I love the Pen and Sword books, but some are rushed out to fill a gap - and this is one. I recently bought 'Battlefield Yorkshire' and was impressed with the photography, page quality, in depth battle analysis and artwork. I could walk each battlefield afterwards as a learned layman. Not in this case. The book claims to analyse Ethandun in detail. There are no photographs of proposed battlefield sites - I have a huge collection myself that could have sufficed, and there is little information about Ashdown. Where are the proposed diagrams of battle? Even in 1970 authors were offering suggestions, all be it on military ground. The pictures, not inserted into the text to save money, are dull, grainy and have no structure to them to match the text. I was expecting aerial views of Ashdown and Ethandun with proposed battle formations to bring the history alive. I was expecting an analysis of the lie of the land inside the military range on Salisbury Plain, and how it may have influenced Guthrum and Alfred's positions. There was none.

The author is knowledgeable - but does not bring the history to life in the same way that some Pen and Sword authors do - and it is not just about little knowledge from the period. Little if anything is known of the Battle of Fulford in York, but the author concerned with that one is so enthusiastic he makes you want to rush for your car and get out there.

This didn't do that for me. I could have spent my money in a better way.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dark age history, 19 Feb 2010
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A thoroughly enjoyable book to read, informative and written in a style that is clear and easily understood. The book highlights the quest of King Alfred and Wessex to halt the Viking incursions of the 9th century and lay the foundations of the concept of a national identity which would eventually lead to the forming of the state of England. Many notorious Northmen stride through this book,such as Ubba, Ivor the Boneless, Guthrum,Halfdan,Bagsecg and Haesten and their battles are vividly brought to life. The myth of the invincible Vikings is dispelled and the Anglo Saxons prove to be more than a match for the Danes, when they got their act together. Saxon victories at Eddington,Englesfield, Ashdown, Farnham,Benfleet and Buttingham are detailed along with Alfred's introduction of the burgh fortifications of Wessex and the forming of a navy.
The political landscape is well described as are the reasons for the Viking raids and as to why they came about. Alfred, betrayed by his own people flees to Athelney and the fight back begins. This is a must read book for anyone interested in our history, it was a period shrouded in mystery, legend and misconception. This work opens a window on what must have been a traumatic period to have lived through and gives one a real feel as to what the people of that time had to contend with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better !, 19 Jun 2011
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A book on the Alfredian wars against the Danish is always welcome as this is an important period of our history that deserves much more attention. However, I found the narrative not as clear as it could have been and someone coming to this book with no background knowledge would, I believe, be a little confused. I would point readers towards John Peddie's Alfred Warrior King which is first rate especially on the purely military aspects of these wars. Hill's book would then be a good second read.
The illustrations are appaling - being a mish mash of Victorian illustrations and modern monuments and statues. Come on Pen and sword you can do better !!
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