Viking Hoards and the Making of England

The conventional history of the unification of England is largely derived from records written at the West Saxon court. According to this version of events, the people of Mercia and Northumbria gratefully accepted the rule of Alfred the Great of Wessex and his descendants as saviours against the hated Vikings. Viking hoards, and the coins within them, suggest a more complex situation.  This lecture re-evaluates the process of unification in the light of new hoard evidence, including the important hoards from Watlington and the Vale of York, on display together for the first time.

Dr Gareth Williams
Monday 11 December 2017


Viking Talks