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Cultures in Contact
Scandinavian Settlement in England in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries

D. Hadley, J. D. Richards (eds.)
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VIII+331 p., 26 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2000
ISBN: 978-2-503-50978-5
Languages: English
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This volume examines the Scandinavian impact on England in the ninth and tenth centuries, with particular reference to Scandinavian settlement and the diverse ways in which the Scandinavians and the native populations responded to each other.

This volume examines the Scandinavian impact on England in the ninth and tenth centuries, with particular reference to Scandinavian settlement and the diverse ways in which the Scandinavians and the native populations responded to each other. Many previous studies have described the settlement as involving a rapid assimilation of the settlers with native society and culture, and a swift process of integration. This volume challenges that view and shows that the processes of assimilation, integration and accommodation were gradual and complex, displaying important regional variations. Where did the Scandinavians come from? What type of society did they eventually settle into? What were the implications of the drawing of different cultures in contact, and how is this portrayed in the surviving material? An important aim of this volume is to open up new interdisciplinary dialogue in Viking Studies, and it analyses documentary, archaeological, artefactual and linguistic evidence. The volume also seeks to develop more theoretically sophisticated accounts of Scandinavian settlement, and brings the study of this subject up-to-date in terms of developments in other branches of history, archaeology and linguistics. Recent discussion in other fields concerning, for example, material culture and language have shown that they did not simply reflect changes in society but were also active, constituent elements in creating and re-creating social and cultural identities. The volume focuses on the creation of local and regional identities and affinities, and moves on from the traditional depiction of the issues in terms of a simple dichotomy of 'Scandinavian' and 'English'. It takes a more rigorously contextual approach than has hitherto been the case in the study of Scandinavian settlement, and seeks to throw new light on the consequences of cultures in contact.
Review

'[...] an important collection of papers with much of interest in terms of approaches and interpretations' (A. Reynolds: Medieval Archaeology 45 (2001)).

'The volume itself is effectively edited and the individual papers well-focused and referenced. [...] this collection usefully pulls together several quite disparate approaches, and the results make an important contribution to our understanding of England in the Viking Age' (N. J. Higham: Northern History, 39 (2002), p. 128).

"This is an important collection of essays taking a revisionist and interdisciplinary approach to the subject of the Scandinavian migrations to England in the ninth and tenth centuries. (...) It is to be hoped that new research on Scandinavian migrations will proceed from the insights and ambitions of this book." (S. Yarrow: Early Medieval Europe, 2003, 12 (2), p.183-185)

 

"This is an important collection of essays taking a revisionist and interdisciplinary approach to the subject of the Scandinavian migrations to England in the ninth and tenth centuries." ( S. Yarrow in Early Medieval Europe, N° 12, 2003, p183-185)

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Social & economic history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : auxiliary sciences
Archaeology
Demography & settlement studies
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Viking studies
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
British Isles
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Central Middle Ages (c.900 -1250)

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