Domesday Data Implications

I have recently discovered Domesday England, edited by Professor Henry Clifford Darby, with contributions from  I.B. Terrett, Eila M.J. Campbell, I.S. Maxwell, R. Welldon Finn and G.R. Versey, first published by the Cambridge University Press in 1977. This was the...

What no women?

  The Ulster annals, together with the sagas and DNA studies imply that the previously deserted Iceland was populated from about the year 800 AD onwards by Scandinavians and people from the British Isles, the latter being thought to have been mainly female slaves (Jon...

The 9th Century Danish Empire

The map above is derived mainly from The Viking World, an invaluable tome edited by Stefan Brink, Professor of Scandinavian studies at the University of Aberdeen, and Neil Price, professor in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University. The...

Angle-Dane Relationship

According to Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (Ecclesiastical History of the Angle People) which was written in 731, the British Isles had been invaded in the fifth century by: … Saxons, Angles, and Jutes. From the Jutes are descended the people of Kent,...

Life expectancy

King Alfred was 50 when he died in 899. He was therefore 22 when he fought and allegedly put the Danes to flight at Ashdown, and was 29 when, in 878, he made a peace treaty with Guthrum. But what can we deduce of the age of Guthrum – say when he led his ‘army’...
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