The Vikings in Britain
by Henry Loyn
In this book Professor Loyn updates his earlier work on the Vikings, retaining British perspective in his use of archaeological and linguistic ... Show synopsis In this book Professor Loyn updates his earlier work on the Vikings, retaining British perspective in his use of archaeological and linguistic evidence from the Celtic world as well as from the English. In his earlier chapters he analyzes the reasons for the Scandinavian invasions and success in Britain, interpreting the period c.860-920 as one of true migration, followed by secondary settlement. He keeps a balance throughout between the poetic view of Vikings and all Scandinavians as looters and despoilers, and a more recent emphasis on their qualities as traders and farmers. In his last long chapter he brings together ideas concerning the permanent effects of the Viking movement on town and country life, on institutions as well as on language, art and culture. We are reminded that England was ruled by Danish kings for a whole generation in the early eleventh century, and that the variety of effects of the Scandinavian presence on the constituent parts of Britain did much to give individual shape to our familiar political divisions of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.