Swein Forkbeard's Invasions and the Danish Conquest of England, 991-1017 (Warfare in History)

Swein Forkbeard's Invasions and the Danish Conquest of England, 991-1017 (Warfare in History)

Ian Howard


From the conflict of Maldon in 991 throughout the reign of Æethelred (the Unready), England used to be invaded by way of Scandinavian armies of accelerating measurement and ferocity. Swein Forkbeard, king of Denmark, performed an important half in those invasions, which culminated within the domination of britain and the lengthy reign of his son, Cnut. This research of the invasions demonstrates past doubt that Æthelred was once no indolent and valueless king who bribed invading Vikings to leave: his courting with the Scandinavian armies used to be extra advanced and extra fascinating than has been meant. it really is both obvious that Swein was once greater than a marauding Viking adventurer: he was once a cosmopolitan baby-kisser who laid the rules for an excellent northern empire which used to be governed by means of his descendents for a few years after his dying. New perception into this fascinating interval of English heritage is won by way of concentrating on the actions of Swein Forkbeard and, after his dying in 1014, the Danish warlord Thorkell the Tall, either amazing warriors and political leaders of what's also known as 'the moment Viking Age'. Many components resulting in the invasions and conquest are investigated via a severe research of the chronology of occasions, an evidence of the commercial history, plotting the itineraries of the Scandinavian armies, and a clean exam of the resources, together with the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the Encomium, and John of Worcester's Chronicle. IAN HOWARD has a PhD from Manchester college and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. After a occupation in and trade, he has lower back to full-time examine and has produced a number of papers protecting numerous facets of early medieval heritage.

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