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 thoroughly enjoyed all six events I attended and would have done many more if my time had allowed. Congratulations to all the people involved for a very well organised event. I am most certainly looking forward to next year's events calendar- the dates are already in my diary.
Very well organised, excellent variety in terms of author and presentation. Favourite was Tony Robinson, but I also really enjoyed Julia Shaw (memory very thought provoking), Richard Dannatt (good solid start to festival) JOHN Wright (local and good humour) Alison Weir (such research and knowledge) and Victoria Hislop (novel in a different style).
Going from strength to strength, well done!
Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format. Great audience, acoustics...
All of us in the Hardy Society were very positive about 'our' first night and the subsequent events. I thought Tony's event with Rachel and Dinah worked very well with interesting conversations from the both of the women.
You and Paul must be very happy with the positive way Dorchester people are continuing to embrace the Festival, and in impressively increasing numbers. Congratulations to both of you.
Next year's dates are already in our diaries and we are looking forward to meeting up with you soon to discuss our involvement.
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!