The Vikings in England

Settlement, Society and Culture

By Dawn M. Hadley

The Vikings in England

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5982-7
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: August 2006
  • BIC Category: Medieval European Archaeology, Humanities / Medieval history, HISTORY / Medieval, Archaeology, Archaeology, Medieval History, History
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Studies


The viking invasion and settlement in England has been the subject of a large and complex body of scholarship, with the consensus of opinion among scholars as to its exact nature and influence shifting considerably over the years.

This is a fascinating new study which will make an important addition to the literature on the Scandinavians and the settlement in England in the ninth and tenth centuries. D. M. Hadley offers a focused and interdisciplinary discussion of often neglected sources. Topics covered include the development of current debates regarding the settlement, Anglo-Scandinavian political accommodation, the differences and similarities between Scandinavian rural settlement and Scandinavians in the urban environment, the conversion of Scandinavians to Christianity, and burial practices and associated issues of ethnicity, gender and social status.

A clear and exhaustive summary of the available archaeological, historical and linguistic evidence, this book offers a comprehensive and authoritative starting point for all researchers and students investigating the viking settlement of Britain.


1. The Scandinavian settlements: the development of a debate
2. Anglo-Scandinavian political accommodation
3. Scandinavian rural settlement
4. Scandinavians in the urban environment
5. Churches and the Scandinavians: chaos, conversion and change
6. Burial practices: ethnicity, gender and social status


D. M. Hadley is Professor in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Sheffield

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