Thomas Williams Viking Britain
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