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

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Boydell & Brewer, 2010 - History - 378 pages
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"Although this book provides a selection from sources and interpretations of warfare in Viking-Age England, and presents a consideration of them, it is more than a purely historiographical study. It investigates the current state of scholarship and the key points of its development, indicating areas for enquiry and point out some less familiar sources along the way. The intention is not to deal with the canon of historical works on the Anglo-Saxon army, for remarkably there is no 'canon' as such. Much, though by no means all, scholarship on the organization of military systems in the Anglo-Saxon state has been undertaken by historians and scholars from related disciplines for whom warfare is not a primary concern. Many of the sources used will be familiar to students of early medieval England, but others are included because they are less often considered ... I have not attempted to use a chronological structure, nor have I retold any particular narrative history of the English Kingdom during the Viking Age, although for the reader's convenience a chronology of events is included as an appendix. The focus is rather the exploration of the practice and politics of warfare."--Preface.
 

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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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