Saxons vs. Vikings

By Ed West,

Book cover of Saxons vs. Vikings: Alfred the Great and England in the Dark Ages

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A witty and concise look at the beginnings of English history, when the nation consolidated after clashes between the Saxons and invading Vikings--now in paperback!

In 871, three of England's four kingdoms were overrun by Vikings, the ruthless, all-conquering Scandinavian raiders who terrorised early medieval Europe. With the Norsemen murdering…

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I’ve read a ton of non-fiction books over the past 18 months or so, as I’m writing a series about Alfred the Great. Most have been well-written and fairly easy reads, but some have been little more than textbooks.

It can get a little draining so, when I started listening to Saxons vs Vikings I was very pleasantly surprised. It’s non-fiction, yes, and there’s plenty to learn from it, but the author writes in a light, humorous way which felt like a breath of fresh air and had me grinning on multiple occasions as I listened to the audiobook. A…

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