Since Ivarr the Boneless and his brothers landed in East Anglia in 865 the Anglo-saxon kingdoms of Britain knew no peace. By 875 only ten years later, East Anglia, Northumbria, Mercia and even Wessex all had new rulers. All but one of these kings had been set up at the instigation of the Danish invaders.… Continue reading 871: The battle for Wessex, or how Alfred the Great came to the throne.
After subduing York, and the failed attempt to take Nottingham from the Mercian King Burghred and his West Saxon brothers-in-law, the Danes turned their attention to East Anglia. The Danish army, headed by Ivarr the boneless and his brother Ubba crossed over Mercia and wintered at Thetford in East Anglia, raiding and pillaging the surrounding… Continue reading How Ivarr made a saint of King Edmund the Martyr
A lot of what we know about the history of the Dark Ages comes from written documents of the time such as land grants, wills, sagas, chronicles and annals either written during the period under study or soon after. For the information i need when writing historical fiction and blog posts i try and use… Continue reading Historical sources rundown
Unlike his brothers Ivarr the Boneless and Ubbe, none of the Viking Sagas mention anything of Halfdan or any other similar name (with the one exception of Hvitserk in the Saga of Ragnar's sons, although this figure died in Russia). We are quite sure that they were brothers, however, as Simeon of Durham, Roger of… Continue reading Historical Figure Profile: Halfdan
‘All Saints day was exactly what its name implied, the day when every God fearing Christian gave thanks to all of the saints in heaven.’ – The Northumbrian Saga All Saints’ Day has its origins in the early 7th century when Pope Boniface IV consecrated the Pantheon in Rome as a Christian church dedicated to… Continue reading Celebrating All Saints’ Day with a free book
If you have read the previous historical post on Olaf the White of Dublin, then you will already be aware that similarities in the Irish sources suggest that he may have been a brother of Ivarr the Boneless. This has been drawn mostly through similarities in names (Norse Ivarr and gaelic Imar) as well as… Continue reading Historical Figure Profile: Ivarr the Boneless
This is an interesting version of Ragnar Lodbrok’s death I found in Roger of Wendover’s Flores Historiarum from the 13th century. Traditionally, the story goes that after coming to the Northumbrian court, Lodbrok is thrown into a pit of vipers by King Aelle, resulting in his children attacking York years later in revenge. Rodger of… Continue reading Death of Lodbrok, According to Roger of Wendover