This book contains the engaging and popular history of a mysterious era of British history -- the conquest of the Vikings. Its mixture of "Dark Age" fear and its emphasis on the fighting faith of kings, country and monasteries is...
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This book contains the engaging and popular history of a mysterious era of British history -- the conquest of the Vikings. Its mixture of "Dark Age" fear and its emphasis on the fighting faith of kings, country and monasteries is sure to fascinate and delight. The turn of the first millennium in Anglo-Saxon England was a time of raiding and settlement. The Vikings invaded our shores and our rulers seemed unable to stop them. The Church was in decline, and was apparently unable to cope with this savage and disruptive force. This is the story of how the Church and the law worked together to turn back and tame the invaders, bringing heart to their people. The harsh new world brought us new saints and martyrs and a revival of monasticism. It also brought us King Alfred's attempts to translate books for his people, so that they would share their knowledge and work in harmony. The account of the Vikings is rich in history and colour. It tells the tales of the battles in which warriors were sanctified and kings martyred. We learn of the revival of the cloak and dagger in the monasteries and the influence of King Canute for the eventual conversion of the Vikings to Christianity.
An engaging and popular account of the mysterious Dark Age of English history when Vikings and Anglo-Saxons collided--and faith won outAt the turn of the first millennium, Viking raiders devastated Anglo-Saxon England, looting monasteries and cathedrals and destroying much of the fragile culture. Yet pressure from the invaders caused the Anglo-Saxon nations to unite and grow strong under King Alfred, resulting in the conversion of many Viking marauders. Learning flourished and, even when fully conquered, Anglo-Saxons found themselves protected as part of a Christian Viking empire.Author and historian Paul Cavill tells the enthralling story of how King Alfred and his successors tamed and integrated the Vikings into the Anglo-Saxon way of life.
Paul Cavill is a lecturer in English and research fellow for the English Place-Name Society for School of English Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is also the author of Anglo-Saxon Christianity and Vikings. He resides in Leicester, England, with his wife and their two children.