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Scandinavian Dynasties in English Kingdoms

Alex Woolf

Over the years I have become increasingly interested in what on earth the Vikings thought that they were doing. There has been a general trend in the historiography of the Insular Viking Age that sees the upsurge of Scandinavian military activity from the last decade of the eighth century as a processual rather than an event centredphenomenon. The accounts of historians who tell us that sporadic raiding began in the 780s or „90s with fleets beginning to over-winter in the 840s and finally large scale invasions beginning, in England at least, with the arrival of the „Great Army‟ inthe 860s have something of the character of a weather report; “Light raiding will begin in the North growing gradually heavier as it progresses southwards in the course of the century.

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