The Viking Wars of Alfred the Great by Paul Hill

The Viking Wars of Alfred the Great by Paul Hill lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Military History section.

Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2008, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Maps; Genealogical tables; Glossary; Appendices [4];

From the cover: In the spring of 878 at the Battle of Edington the tide of English history turned. Alfreds decisive defeat of Guthrum the Dane freed much of the south and west of England from Danish control and brought to a halt Guthrums assault on Alfreds Wessex. The battle was the culmination of a long period of preparation by Alfred in the wilderness a victory snatched from the jaws of catastrophic defeat. As such, this momentous turning point, around which an entire nations future pivoted, has given rise to legends and misconceptions that persist to the present day. Paul Hill, in this stimulating and meticulously researched study, brings together the evidence of the medieval chronicles and the latest historical and archaeological research to follow the struggle as it swung across southern England in the ninth century. He dispels the myths that have grown up around this critical period in English history, and he looks at Alfreds war against the Vikings with modern eyes. He tells a compelling story.

In the Campaign Chronicles series.

Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XX] 169 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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