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Fortress #14: Fortifications in Wessex C. 800-1066by Ryan Lavelle
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The defence of the 9th-century kingdom of Wessex under King Alfred against the 'Great Viking Army' is one of the major military achievements of Early Medieval history. While the guerrilla warfare in the Somerset marshes and the battle of Edington are characteristic of Alfred's military abilities, his definitive physical achievement was a series of some 30 well-structured fortifications (known as burhs) across the kingdom. Many of these fortifications survive to this day and some were even reinforced to stand up to German tanks in the expected invasion of 1940. This title describes their beginnings in the turbulent early years of Alfreds reign as well as their subsequent development and use.
King Alfred the Great demonstrated his military flair, yet the lasting monument to his achievements was the series of well-structured fortifications that he built across his kingdom. These are examined and illustrated in this book.
The defence of the 9th-century kingdom of Wessex under King Alfred the Great against the "Great Viking Army" is one of the major military achievements of early medieval history. This work traces the development, construction and impact of fortifications from the 9th to 11th centuries AD.
King Alfred the Great of Wessex ranks amongst the most talented military leaders of early medieval history. Through guerrilla warfare, staged across the marshes of Somerset, and through pitched battles, such as that which took place at Edington. Alfred demonstrated his military flair; yet the lasting monument to his achievements is the series of some 30 wellstructured fortifications that he built across his kingdom. King Alfred's fortifications would form the basis of West Saxon rule during the emergence of the English kingdom in the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries AD - this book examines and illustrates his forfication works.
About the Author
Ryan Lavelle has written on numerous aspects of Anglo-Saxon life and politics, including a study of the reign of Aethelred II 'the Unready'. He holds a PhD from the University of Southampton and currently lectures at King Alfred's College, Winchester.
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