Strathclyde and the Anglo-Saxons in the Viking Age

by Tim Clarkson


Strathclyde and the Anglo-Saxons in the Viking Age

The Cumbrian Wars.

 

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‘A must for anyone interested in medieval history’ – Scots Magazine

This book traces the history of relations between the kingdom of Strathclyde and Anglo-Saxon England in the Viking period of the ninth to eleventh centuries AD. It puts the spotlight on the North Britons or ‘Cumbrians’, an ancient people whose kings ruled from a power-base at Govan on the western side of present-day Glasgow. In the tenth century, these kings extended their rule southward from Clydesdale to the southern shore of the Solway Firth, bringing their language and culture to a region that had been in English hands for more than two hundred years. They played a key role in many of the great political events of the time, whether leading their armies in battle or forging treaties to preserve a fragile peace. Their extensive realm, which was also known as ‘Cumbria’, was eventually conquered by the Scots, but is still remembered today in the name of an English county. How this county acquired the name of a long-vanished kingdom centred on the River Clyde is one of the topics covered in this book. It is part of a wider history that forms an important chapter in the story of how England and Scotland emerged from the early medieval period or ‘Dark Ages’ as the countries we know today.

The book will be of interest to undergraduate students of medieval history, and heritage tourists in Greater Glasgow and the English Lake District.

Tim Clarkson is an independent researcher and historian, who previously worked in academic librarianship. He gained an MPhil in Archaeology and a PhD in medieval history, both from the University of Manchester. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a member of the editorial board of the Heroic Age online journal.

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ISBN: 9781906566784

Publication date: 20/10/2010

Format: Paperback

Extent: 224

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon , History