Dr Ryan Lavelle is Reader in Medieval History at the University of Winchester, specializing in Anglo-Saxon and early medieval military and
Dr Ryan Lavelle is Reader in Medieval History at the University of Winchester, specializing in Anglo-Saxon and early medieval military and political history, and is the author of a range of books and articles relating to the Middle Ages.
He is co-editor of Danes in Wessex: The Scandinavian Impact on Southern England, c.800-c.1100, which is published by Oxbow Books later this year. He was also historical advisor on the BBC 2 drama series The Last Kingdom
“While the anniversary of 1066 was much in the news in 2016, much less was made of the 1000th anniversary of the seizure of Æthelred the Unready’s kingdom by Cnut, the culmination of perhaps the most brutal Viking campaign of the early Middle Ages. In 1017, Cnut became a legitimate English king. This lecture explores the ways in which Cnut worked with existing systems in the English kingdom while maintaining his identity as a Danish conqueror. In particular this will be done with a close eye on the role of Dorset and Shaftesbury, the place of Cnut’s death in 1035.”
Tickets £11, FoSA & Students £9
(Wednesday) 7:30 pm
13 Bell Street Shaftesbury SP7 8AR