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Viking Camps in Ninth-century Ireland: Sources, Locations and Interactions

Clare Downham

University of Aberdeen

This paper focuses on historical records relating to viking bases in ninth-centuryIreland. It will be divided into three parts. The first part will reflect on how viking basescan be identified in written records. This is followed by a study of the location of thesecamps. Finally I shall explore how interaction between Gaels and vikings influenced thehistory of these settlements. It will be argued that Irish chronicles give us a remarkableinsight into the strategies employed by viking leaders. This has the potential to shedlight on viking activity in other parts of Europe where the records are of a differentcharacter, as well as offering opportunities for comparative research with theestablishment of trading settlements in other cultures.

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