Dragon Lords: The History And Legends Of Viking England by Eleanor ParkerDragon Lords: The History And Legends Of Viking England by Eleanor Parker

Dragon Lords: The History And Legends Of Viking England

byEleanor Parker

Hardcover | September 30, 2018

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Why did the Vikings sail to England? Were they indiscriminate raiders, motivated solely by bloodlust and plunder? One narrative, the stereotypical one, might have it so. But locked away in the buried history of the British Isles are other, far richer and more nuanced, stories; and these hidden tales paint a picture very different from the ferocious pillagers of popular repute.

Eleanor Parker here unlocks secrets that point to more complex motivations within the marauding army that in the late ninth century voyaged to the shores of eastern England in its sleek, dragon-powered longships. Exploring legends from forgotten medieval texts, and across the varied Anglo-Saxon regions, she depicts Vikings who came not just to raid but also to settle personal feuds, intervene in English politics and find a place to call home.

Native tales reveal the links to famous Vikings like Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons; Cnut; and Havelok the Dane. Each myth shows how the legacy of the newcomers can still be traced in landscape, place-names and local history. This book uncovers the remarkable degree to which England is Viking to its core.

Eleanor Parker is Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford. Her DPhil, obtained in 2013 from the University of Oxford, addressed the subject of Anglo-Scandinavian literature in post-Conquest England. Dr Parker writes an acclaimed blog in her guise as 'A Clerk of Oxford', described as 'an orchard of golden ap...
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Title:Dragon Lords: The History And Legends Of Viking EnglandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 30, 2018Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1784537861

ISBN - 13:9781784537869

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