Alfred’s Wars: Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age
Title Details

20th December 2012

400 Pages

15.60 x 23.40 cm

13 b/w. 27 line. Illustrations

Series: Warfare in History

Imprint: Boydell Press

Alfred's Wars: Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age

by Ryan Lavelle

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Collection of source material and crucial interpretations, offering a comprehensive guide to Anglo-Saxon warfare.
Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title. The warfare of the late Anglo-Saxon period had momentous consequences for the development of the English state following Alfred the Great's reign. This book provides acomprehensive guide, with extracts in translation from the principal sources for our knowledge, accompanied by the most important interpretations by scholars through the ages, and new introductions by the present author. It looksat every aspect of the topic, from land and sea forces to logistics and campaigning, from fortifications and the battlefield to the final peacemaking. In so doing, it highlights the significance of warfare and its organisation for the late Anglo-Saxon state, and the multitude of ways in which it was recorded and remembered.

Dr Ryan Lavelle is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Winchester.
"Will surely become a go-to guide for those seeking to represent 'authentic' medieval warfare of the period in all its facets, as well as those who want to authoritatively critique such descriptions." MEDIEVALLY SPEAKING
"The most complete, authoritative insight into the military affairs of Alfred's rule and perfect for a thorough analysis of the warfare that he waged. EUROPEAN REVIEW OF HISTORY An important book." SOUTHERN HISTORY
"Students of Anglo-Saxon culture and warfare will find cause to grab Alfred's Wars off the shelf time and again. It is the most comprehensive treatment of its subject yet published." JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY
"A remarkably inclusive, detailed and wide-ranging account of the state of current scholarship on the subject of later Anglo-Saxon warfare [and] an indispensable overview of historical approaches." MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY
"As thorough as one could possibly hope, and should become a standard point of reference for future research and teaching on Anglo-Saxon warfare. Essential." CHOICE
"In respect of the areas covered, the depth of discussion and the review of previous scholarship, this book has few equals. For the study of early medieval warfare, this book provides an exceptionally useful starting point and deserves a place on the bookshelf of every student of the period. Highly recommended!" MEDIEVAL WARFARE

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Title Details

20th December 2012

400 Pages

1.56 x 2.34 cm

13 b/w. 27 line. Illustrations

Series: Warfare in History

Imprint: Boydell Press