AELFRED’S BRITAIN: WAR AND PEACE IN THE VIKING AGE
528pp., colour & b/w illus., P.B. 2018. In AD 865, a ‘great host’ of battle-hardened Norse warriors landed on England’s eastern coast, overwhelmed East Anglia with terrifying swiftness and laid the North to waste. Ghosting along estuaries and inshore waters, in 871 they penetrated deep into the southern kingdom of Wessex, ruled over by a new and untested king, AElfred son of AEdelwulf.