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Ryan Lavelle, BA (Hons) MA PhD FRHistS, is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Winchester, specializing in Anglo-Saxon and early medieval military and political history, and is the author of a range of books and articles relating to the Middle Ages. 

His most recent book, Alfred's Wars: Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age, published by Boydell & Brewer, was selected for the 2011 Outstanding Academic Title list by Choice magazine and the 2012 Verbruggen Prize, awarded by De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History. Ryan's current project is Places of Rebellion: Landscape, Location and Contested Authority in England and France from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century.

 



BBC series Speaking to Michael Wood about Anglo-Saxon rulers

Ryan Lavelle with Michael Wood


Ryan is interviewed by broadcaster and historian Michael Wood for the new BBC Four series King Alfred and the Anglo-Saxons. Ryan spoke with Michael about the Alfredian legacy and the lessons of war and peace learnt by the son and daughter of King Alfred, Edward the Elder and Aethelflaed, 'Lady of the Mercians', for episode 2 of the series (first broadcast on 13 August).
7 August 2013 



Making History Vikings and the South-west

Ryan Lavelle speaks to Tom Holland outside Winchester Cathedral


Ryan appeared on BBC Radio 4's Making History programme on Tuesday 27 September, speaking about Odda, the ninth-century Ealdorman (governor) of Devon and the 878 Viking-Age battle of Cynuit. Was Odda a forgotten English hero and have the achievements of Alfred the Great eclipsed the memory of this little-known battle? Ryan spoke to Tom Holland at the fitting location of Winchester cathedral about the man, the battle, and the ways in which the different sources remember them.

21/27 September 2011 



BBC History Magazine Finding the Vikings

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Following January's article on 'Fighting the Vikings' (see below), the October 2011 edition of BBC History Magazine sees an interview with Ryan about the impact of Vikings upon the British Isles, Where History Happened: Alfred and the Vikings. The six-page article provides a tour of places in Britain and Northern Ireland linked with ninth-century Viking campaigns. The Magazine's new tie-in book, 100 Places that Made Britain (BBC Books, 2011), sees Ryan recommending Scutchamer Knob, another Viking-Age landmark that 'made Britain'.

19 September 2011


Wargames Illustrated From Research to the Games Table

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Ryan's article, 'Rethinking "Saxon" Wargaming', features in the April 2011 edition of Wargames Illustrated. The article applies research from Alfred's Wars to tabletop historical wargaming in Britain in the Viking Age. Click the link to the left for a more detailed view of the first two pages from the article (opens in a new window; reproduced with permission). Ryan's review of Gripping Beast's new 28mm scale 'Saxon Thegns' is in the online reviews section of the Wargames Illustrated website.


Alfred's Wars
  Going to War in Viking Age England

Launching Alfred's Wars, Ryan spoke to the
Winchester branch of the Historical Association on 12 January, on the subject of Going to War in Viking Age England
. Click the link below to hear an edited recording (42 mins) of the lecture.

HEAR THE LECTURE

Please note: The audio file is for information and as a record of a live lecture. Therefore the text of the published book, which contains full references to relevant sources, should be cited for any arguments therein.  The MP3 file can be saved for use by right-clicking the link and selecting 'Save as...'. The file and the recording are copyright (c) 2011 Ryan Lavelle, and are for personal, non-profit-making use only. Please provide a link to the homepage www.ryanlavelle.net/index.html if you wish to link to the file.




BBC History Magazine Cover Story and Podcast

BBC History Magazine January cover

Ryan's article, Fighting the Vikings, featured as the cover story in the January 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine.  He spoke on the magazine's monthly podcast about the experience of warfare in Britain during the Viking Age.









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Ryan is a member of the following societies and organizations:

University of Winchester
Royal Historical Society (fellow)
De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History
Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology (committee member and general editor of Wessex Historical Databases)
Haskins Society for Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Norman and Angevin History
Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society (local history editor for Hampshire Studies)
Historical Association (committee member, Winchester branch)
Society of Ancients

site updated 5 August 2013