Uncover a story of Viking rampage and discover why St Albans was likely a natural target for their attacks.

When | Wednesday 6 December 2023, 7.30pm - c.9pm

Where | Alban Room & Online

Cost | £10 (£6 students)

Speaker | Steve Clarke, Education Officer 

Out of all the cultures who have invaded and settled in England during its long history, it is possibly the Vikings who have undergone the most thorough renaissance in understanding over recent years.

The impact of the Vikings on places like Lindisfarne and York are well documented, whilst more recent excavations in settlements like Repton show how new discoveries are both extending and challenging traditional thinking.

But what of St Albans? With stories of Vikings rampaging unchecked for many years across much of southern England, and with a wealthy monastic community lying just yards from Watling Street, wouldn’t St Albans have been a natural target for attack and pillage?

With Viking influence on England lasting almost 300 years however, a time during which Cnut ruled as king of the whole of England, due consideration must be given not just to the traditional image of Viking plundering but also the likelihood of political and religious control within society.


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How to Book

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