Alfred's Wars: Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age

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Ryan Lavelle
Boydell & Brewer, 2010 - History - 378 pages
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Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title. The warfare of the late Anglo-Saxon period had momentous consequences for the development of the English state following Alfred the Great's reign. This book provides a comprehensive guide, with extracts in translation from the principal sources for our knowledge, accompanied by the most important interpretations by scholars through the ages, and new introductions by the present author. It looks at every aspect of the topic, from land and sea forces to logistics and campaigning, from fortifications and the battlefield to the final peacemaking. In so doing, it highlights the significance of warfare and its organisation for the late Anglo-Saxon state, and the multitude of ways in which it was recorded and remembered. Dr Ryan Lavelle is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Winchester.
  

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Contents

A Society at War Mentalities of Warfare in Later AngloSaxon England
1
2 Friends and Foes
18
Land
47
Maritime
141
5 Campaigns and Strategies
177
6 Fortifications
209
Battles and Battlefields
264
Peacemaking and Peace Agreements
315
9 Conclusions
335
Chronology
339
BIBLIOGRAPHY
348
INDEX
361
Backcover
381
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