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The defence of the 9th-century kingdom of Wessex under King Alfred the Great against the 'Great Viking Army' is one of the major military achievements of early medieval history. While the guerrilla warfare in the Somerset marshes and the battle of Edington are characteristic of Alfred's military abilities, his definitive physical achievement was a series of some 30 well-structured fortifications across the kingdom. They continued to form a basis of West Saxon rule during the period of the emergence of an English kingdom in the 10th century under Alfred's son, King Edward 'the Elder'. This title traces the development, construction and impact of these fortifications from the 9th to the 11th centuries AD.
|Publication date:||22nd October 2003|
|Publisher:||Osprey Publishing an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, Defence strategy, planning & research, Castles & fortifications,|
Ryan Lavelle is currently lecturing in medieval history at King Alfred's College. Winchester and the University of Southampton, England. He is completing a study of the reign of the Anglo-Saxon king Aethelred II 'The Unready', to be published later this year by Tempus Publishing. Donato Spedaliere was born in Switzerland, and moved to Tuscany at the age of 10, where he still lives. Having studied at the Instituto Nazionale di Belle Arti in Florence he served in the Italian Army as a paratrooper. He has worked as an illustrator for publishers in Italy and abroad and he is the chief illustrator ...More About Ryan Lavelle