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Guthrum’s Kingdom- The Danes in East Anglia

The Sea Stallion in Lowestoft harbour, July 2008 ( )

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 15th November 2008

A reconsideration of Danish settlement in East Anglia from the 9th to the 11th centuries.

This course aims to provide a guided exploration of the history of Danish power in East Anglia from the eighth to early eleventh centuries. Following mainly the splendid narrative of that Old Testament of English history, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and its occasional references to East Anglia, we shall consider closely what we can deduce of the little known history of the region in this period.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Coming of the Danes  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.40 Guthrum’s Kingdom  
  12.40 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Eastern Danelaw in the Tenth Century  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Ulfcytel the Valiant  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at the University of East Anglia in 1991 and published his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, in 1993. He has lectured widely around the country as a free-lance scholar and has also contributed to many television and radio programmes. His second book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003. He is currently a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Backhouse, J. (ed.), The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art (British Museum, 1984)
Bengtsson, Frans G., The Long Ships, trans. M.Meyer (London 1954, 1956)
Farmer, D.H., The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford University Press, 1978)
Hart, C., The Danelaw (Hambledon 1992)
Howard, I., Swein Forkbeard's Invasions and the Danish Conquest of England, 991-1017 (Boydell & Brewer 2003)
Jones, G., A History of the Vikings (2nd Edition, Oxford 1984)
Keynes, S., & M. Lapidge (ed. & tr.), Alfred the Great: Asser’s Life of King Alfred and other contemporary sources (Penguin Classics 1983)
Lawson, M. K., Cnut, The Danes in England in the Early Eleventh Century, The Medieval World Series (Longman 1994)
Magnusson, Magnus, The Vikings ( rev.ed. Tempus 2000)
Page, R.I., Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials and Myths (British Museum Press, 2000)
Rumble, A. (ed.), The Reign of Cnut: King of England, Denmark and Norway, Studies in the Early History of Britain Series, 10-26 (Leicester 1994)
Smyth, A., Scandinavian York and Dublin (Dublin 1975)
Smyth, A., Scandinavian Kings in the British Isles 850-880 (Oxford 1977)
Smyth, A., King Alfred the Great (Oxford 1995)
Stenton, F., Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford 1971)
Swanton, M., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Dent 1996; Phoenix 2000)
Warner, P., The Origins of Suffolk (Manchester 1996)
Williamson, T., The Origins of Norfolk (Manchester 1993)


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