Guthrum and conquest of the Danelaw

Guthrum (Guðrum) was one of the leaders of the Great Heathen Army and later, King of the Danish Vikings in the Danelaw. Before the year 865 AD, most Viking raids were predominately hit and run operations.  But by that year in 865 AD they changed into invasions with the intent to conquer. It is believed that pressure from tyrannous kings in Nordic regions forced them to seek new lands and start new lives. Norsemen were now looking for farm land to settle their families. The legend in the Sagas of Ragnar’s Sons…

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Ivar the Boneless and the Great Heathen Army

Ivar the Boneless was one of the leaders of the Great Heathen Army that invaded the lands now known as England. In Old Norse, he is known as Ívarr hinn Beinlausi and in Old English as Hyngwar. Ivar the Boneless was the son of Ragnar Lodbrok and Aslaug. He and his half brothers, Björn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Hvitserk, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye and Ubba, had all grown up and set out to prove themselves as equals to their father. The half brothers raided and made wars far and wide. They conquered such places as Zealand, Reidgotaland (Jutland),…

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Hoard of Viking silver brings English King out of obscurity.

A ‘significant’ treasure trove of 186 Viking coins, ingots and jewelry was uncovered by amateur treasure-hunter James Mather, in a farmer’s field near Watlington, Oxfordshire, in October 2015. The Watlington Hoard, as it is now called, is a collection of silver bands, ingots, and 186 coins that is now unveiled at the British Museum. The find has shed some light on the period of Anglo Saxon history when King Alfred the Great of Wessex defeated the Viking Danes and then went on to banish his one-time ally, King Ceolwulf II of Mercia, from history. The…

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