A new narrative history of the Viking Age, interwoven with exploration of the physical remains and landscapes that the Vikings fashioned and walked: their rune-stones and ship burials, settlements and battlefields.
Britain in the Viking Age was a turbulent, violent place and the warlords of the age have names that stir the imagination: Alfred the Great, Ivar the Boneless, Edmund Ironside and Erik Bloodaxe, to name a few. Drawing together narrative history, new research and first-hand experience, Tom Williams shows how the Vikings came to plunder, colonise and rule, leaving a cultural legacy in many ways more significant than the Romans.
Thomas Williams is a historian, writer and curator at the British Museum, and the curator of the major international exhibitions Vikings Life and Legend.
Thursday 19th October 10.30
I sip my Dorset tea and just wanted to say thanks so much for the invitation to the lit fest - I thoroughly enjoyed it...
Thank you for allowing me to be part of this great event. Well done to both of you, fantastic event.
I'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!
I very much enjoyed giving my talk and meeting you and all your colleagues. I can think of no way you could have been more accommodating.
I was particularly delighted by how many of the audience seemed to know and appreciate my work. As you know, authors are solitary creatures - mostly - and for me at least it's a real pleasure to have good reason to leave my work-room (a shed in the garden with a too-seductive view of the Cambrians) and meet and talk with readers and fellow writers (not forgetting that many of us are both).
William and I had a very interesting and often hilarious time putting (our presentation) together – fortunately we both wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so we refined and refined… we enjoyed ourselves, aided and abetted by the helpfulness of you and yours behind the scenes, the warmth of the audience, and the pleasantness of the setting. Speaking at your festival was an altogether happy experience. I only wish I had managed to organise listening to many of the other talks, which I really wanted to do… Many congratulations to you and all your team, and all wishes for Festival no. 3!