By Max Adams
In 865, a good Viking military landed in East Anglia, precipitating a sequence of wars that may final until eventually the center of the next century. It used to be during this time of drawback that the trendy kingdoms of england have been born. of their responses to the Viking hazard, those kingdoms cast their identities as hybrid cultures: brilliant and entrepreneurial peoples adapting to instability and chance.
Traditionally, Ælfred the good is forged because the relevant participant within the tale of Viking Age Britain. yet Max Adams, whereas stressing the genius of Ælfred as struggle chief, law-giver, and forger of the English country, has a extra nuanced and variegated narrative to narrate. the england encountered by way of the Scandinavians of the 9th and 10th centuries used to be considered one of local range and self-conscious cultural identities: of Picts, Dál Riatans and Strathclyde Britons; of Bernicians and Deirans, East Anglians, Mercians and West Saxons.
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