Ryan Lavelle

Ryan Lavelle.


  • The Death of Cnut the Great and the End of the Viking Empire
  • Ashburton Hall, Elizabeth II Court
  • Saturday 6 October
  • 15.00–16.00

The death of king Cnut in 1035 seems to have caught many by surprise. As Ryan will highlight, the reactions of his children, two wives and other royal claimants at a time of crisis can tell us much about the English kingdom at the end of the Viking Age.


Ryan Lavelle is reader in early medieval history at the University of Winchester. He has authored a range of books on Anglo-Saxon England in the Viking Age, and was a historical advisor on the BBC series The Last Kingdom. His most recent book is Cnut: The North Sea King.


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