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 was a curator of the major international exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend in 2014 and is now Curator of Early Medieval Coins at the British Museum. He undertook doctoral research at University College London and has taught and lectured in history and archaeology at the University of Cambridge.
Thursday 19th October 10.30
United Church, 49-51 Charles Street
Thank you for allowing me to be part of this great event. Well done to both of you, fantastic event.
I felt truly privileged to be able to enjoy so many events in your excellent programme...quite sumptuous! Had I been able to, I would have booked every event!
A really enjoyable and unusual event. I got a good feeling from it. And am so glad the Festival in general has gone well.
It is really great to have a Literary Festival in Dorchester and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making it happen.
Thank you for organising the Dorchester Literary Festival. It was our first year...and will certainly attend again. We particularly enjoyed Victoria Hislop (with a good interviewer), Kate Adie and Dr Julia Shaw on Memory - excellent presentation and interesting subject.
Thank YOU for hosting us so brilliantly on Sunday. Dad and I had a great time and were both really impressed by the very smooth running of your festival. It was a total pleasure being there with you, Helen, and the team. Congrats to all concerned on a job well done. It was fun to be a part of it.