Fighting the Vikings

Ryan Lavelle examines the experience of warfare, in all its many and varied forms, in Britain during the Viking age

The Abingdon Sword, an iron sword fragment and hilt found near Abingdon in Oxfordshire in 1874. The decoration on the sword hilt indicates this was a high status weapon dating from around AD 875. (Ashmolean Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the January 2011 edition of BBC History Magazine

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