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Landscape and warfare in Anglo-Saxon England and the Viking campaign of 1006

Williams, TJT; (2015) Landscape and warfare in Anglo-Saxon England and the Viking campaign of 1006. Early Medieval Europe , 23 (3) pp. 329-359. 10.1111/emed.12107. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper outlines the state of research into early medieval conflict landscapes in England and sets out a theoretical and methodological basis for the sustained and systematic investigation of battlefield toponymy and topography. The hypothesis is advanced that certain types of place were considered particularly appropriate for the performance of violent conflict throughout the period and that the social ideas that determined the choice of locale are, to some degree, recoverable through in-depth, interdisciplinary analysis of landscapes, place names and texts. The events of 1006 and the landscape of the upper Kennet are introduced as a case study that reveals the complex interplay of royal ideology, superstition and place that were invoked in the practice of violence in late Anglo-Saxon England. In the course of the discussion, this paper seeks to demonstrate the value of applying a similar approach to the full range of evidence for conflict landscapes in early medieval England and beyond.

Type: Article
Title: Landscape and warfare in Anglo-Saxon England and the Viking campaign of 1006
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/emed.12107
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emed.12107
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 The Author. Early Medieval Europe published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471513
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