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King Cnut and the Viking Conquest of England 1016

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King Cnut and the Viking Conquest of England 1016

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    W. B. Bartlett(Author)
The Viking Conquest of England in 1016 – a far tougher and more brutal campaign than the Norman Conquest exactly half a century later – saw two great warriors, the Danish prince Cnut and his equally ruthless English opponent King Edmund Ironside, fight an epic campaign. Cnut sailed in two hundred longboats, landing first in September 1015 on the Wessex coast with 10,000 soldiers. The two forces fought each other to the point of exhaustion for the next fourteen months. It was a war of terrifying violence that scarred much of England, from the Humber to Cornwall. It saw an epic siege of the great walls of London and bruising set-piece battles at Penselwood, Otford, and the conclusive Danish victory at Assandun on 18 October 1016.

Edmund’s death soon afterwards finally resolved a brutal, bloody conflict and ended with Cnut becoming the undisputed king of England. This book tells the extraordinary story of Cnut the Great’s life. Cnut was far removed from the archetypal pagan Viking, being a staunch protector of the Christian Church and a man who would also become Emperor of the North as king of Denmark and Norway. His wife, Emma of Normandy, was a remarkable woman who would outlive the two kings of England that she married. Their son Harthacnut would be the second and last Danish king of England, but the greatness of his dynasty did not long survive his death. This saga also features the incompetent Æthelred the Unready, the ferocious Sweyn Forkbeard and the treacherous Eadric Streona, recreating one of the great stories of Dark Age England.

W. B. Bartlett has worked across the globe in almost twenty countries and has spent time in over fifty. He is the author of many history books for Amberley including titles on the Titanic, Medieval History and Dam Busters. He lives in Bournemouth.

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • W. B. Bartlett(Author)
  • Amberley Publishing (15 Oct. 2016)
  • English
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  • History

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  • By Martyn Elliott on 20 February 2017

    It's wetted my appetite to learn more and I've since ordered more about the period which was new to me. I think the problem is that the author isn't a professional historian which is evidenced in his style which is at times a bit of a struggle. Having said that, he is clearly fascinated by the subject and this was communicated, hence my further purchases.

  • By SR on 1 February 2017

    A "popular"treatment and it shows!A cavalier attitude to grammar,syntax and anachronistic phrases do not inspire confidence.

  • By Caracatus on 4 February 2017

    An excellent book, covering the whole of Cnut's life, the political, military and economic significance, all the key players, a wealth of detail about charter, endowments, battles etc. Covers not just his involvement with England but also Norway, Denmark, Scotland, and the background to his life and his influence after his death. Very good to on all the other major players of the time.

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