The Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings and the Norman Conquest of Britain, how three migrant peoples came to form modern England
The theme of the Post now focusses on the period of the ‘Early-Middle Ages’, what is sometimes (somewhat misleadingly) called the ‘Dark Ages’, this period spans from the invasion of Britain by the Saxon’s in approximately 449AD, to the Invasion of Britain by William Duke of Normandy in 1066. Within that period, we will explore the invasion of Britain by the Vikings in 793AD at Lindisfarne and the eventual coming together of the three cultures at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
We will be combining historical facts with fiction. In particular, the popular History channel TV series ‘Vikings’ will be referenced, as will Bernard Cornwell’s brilliantly adapted series ‘The Last Kingdom’.
Finally, I will be challenging my skills by making a wooden replica of a Viking Longship, a project that I will post step-by-step on this site, and I hope that you will follow along for some entertainment and moral support.
I live right in the middle of ‘The Last Kingdom’, that is King Alfred the Great’s Kingdom of Wessex. I shall be exploring the surrounding area, visiting various sites where the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons clashed, and recording, photographing and posting my findings. We will look at the Battle’s of Portland. Ethandune, Ashdown and many more. In addition, we will explore characters such as Alfred, the Great Saxon king, Guthrum, brothers Ivar the Boneless, Ubba, and Halfdan Ragnarsson, to mention just a few.
I hope you enjoy this journey through a period that shaped a nation.
Thank you as always for your support,