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Viking Britain and Ireland - 40 credits (HST596)

The onset of Viking attacks on western Europe and the British Isles is one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the late 1st millennium AD. The nature of Viking impact on the British Isles is controversial and a matter for much modern debate on its scale and significance. This module provides undertakes a critical introduction to the archaeological and historical evidence for Scandinavian activity in Britain and Ireland c AD 800-1050, touching on later evidence where appropriate. It will look at the evidence from Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Wales and England, focusing on the archaeology while providing a brief overview of the historical evidence.