Swein Forkbeards Invasions and the Danish Conquest of England, 991-1017 Ian Howard

ISBN: 9780851159287

Published: April 3rd 2003

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203 pages


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Swein Forkbeards Invasions and the Danish Conquest of England, 991-1017 by Ian Howard
April 3rd 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 203 pages | ISBN: 9780851159287 | 9.54 Mb

From the battle of Maldon in 991 during the reign of AEethelred (the Unready), England was invaded by Scandinavian armies of increasing size and ferocity. Swein Forkbeard, king of Denmark, played a significant part in these invasions, whichMoreFrom the battle of Maldon in 991 during the reign of AEethelred (the Unready), England was invaded by Scandinavian armies of increasing size and ferocity. Swein Forkbeard, king of Denmark, played a significant part in these invasions, which culminated in the domination of England and the long reign of his son, Cnut.

This analysis of the invasions demonstrates beyond doubt that AEthelred was no indolent and worthless king who bribed invading Vikings to go away: his relationship with the Scandinavian armies was more complex and more interesting than has been supposed. It is equally apparent that Swein was more than a marauding Viking adventurer: he was a sophisticated politician who laid the foundations for a great northern empire which was ruled by his descendents for many years after his death.

New insight into this exciting period of English history is gained by focusing on the activities of Swein Forkbeard and, after his death in 1014, the Danish warlord Thorkell the Tall, both outstanding warriors and political leaders of what is sometimes called the Second Viking Age. Many factors leading to the invasions and conquest are investigated through a critical analysis of the chronology of events, an explanation of the economic background, plotting the itineraries of the Scandinavian armies, and a fresh examination of the sources, including the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the Encomium, and John of Worcesters Chronicle.

IAN HOWARD has a PhD from Manchester University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. After a career in industry and commerce, he has returned to full-time research and has produced several papers covering a variety of aspects of early medieval history.



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