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Ryan Lavelle  Publications


Cnut: The North Sea King, Penguin Monarchs series (London: Random House, 2017)

Danes in Wessex: The Scandinavian Impact on Southern England, c.800-c.1100 (Oxford: Oxbow, 2016) - edited, with Simon Roffey

Alfred's Wars: Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age, Warfare in History series (Woodbridge: Boydell 2010 [paperback, 2012]) - 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.

Royal Estates in Anglo-Saxon Wessex: Land, Politics and Family Strategies, British Archaeological Reports British Series 439 (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2007)

Aethelred II: King of the English, 978-1016 (Stroud: Tempus, 2002; revised edition, 2008)

Fortifications in Wessex, c. 800-1066, Osprey Fortress series (Oxford: Osprey, 2003)

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Articles/ Chapters

'Perceiving and Personifying Status and Submission in Pre-Viking England: Some Observations on a Few Early Hostages', in M. Bennett and K. Weikert (eds), Medieval Hostageship, c.700–c.1500: Hostage, Captive, Prisoner of War, Guarantee, Peacemaker (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 36-59

'Controlling and Contesting Urban Spaces: Rulers and Urban Communities in Southern England and Northern France from the Later 9th to 11th Century', in N. Christie and H. Herold (eds), Fortified Settlements in Early Medieval Europe: Defended Communities of the 8th–10th Centuries (Oxford: Oxbow, 2016), pp. 158-74

(with Simon Roffey) ‘West Saxons and Danes: Negotiating Identities in the Early Middle Ages’, in R. Lavelle and S. Roffey (eds), Danes in Wessex: the Scandinavian impact on Southern England, c.800–c.1100 (Oxford: Oxbow, 2016), pp. 7-34

‘Law, Death and Peacemaking in the “Second Viking Age”: An Ealdorman, his King, and Some “Danes” in Wessex’, in Lavelle and Roffey (eds) Danes in Wessex, pp. 123-43

‘Sous la lumière d’Alfred le Grand ou dans l’obscurité des Vikings? Quelques problèmes et possibilités dans la périodisation de l’histoire anglaise “pre-Conquest”’, in J.-F. Dunyach and A. Mairey (eds), Les âges de Britannia : Repenser l’histoire des mondes britanniques (Moyen Âge-XXIe siècle) (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2015), 33–54

‘Royal Control and the Disposition of Estates in Tenth-Century England: Reflections on the Charters of King Eadwig (955-959)’, Haskins Society Journal 23 (2014), 23-49

‘Anglo-Saxonists, Æthelred II and a Rolling Millennium—1978–2014, and Beyond’, in B. [K.] Carella and L. S. Chardonnens (eds), Unræd: Intellectual Thought and Rule in Æthelredian England, special issue of English Studies 95 (2014), 721–32

Ine 70.1 and Royal Provision in Anglo-Saxon Wessex’, in G. Owen-Crocker and B. W. Schneider (eds), Kingship, Legislation and Power in Anglo-Saxon England, Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2013), pp. 259-73

‘Representing Authority in an Early Medieval Chronicle: Submission, Rebellion and the Limits of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, c.899-1065’, in J. Dresvina and N. Sparks (eds), Authority and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012), pp. 62-101

‘Campagnes et stratégies des armées anglo-saxonnes pendant l'époque viking’, Médiévales 63 (autumn 2012), 123-44 (translation, with modifications, of chapter 5 of Alfred's Wars)

‘Geographies of Power in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: The Royal Estates of Wessex’, in A.D. Jorgensen (ed.), Reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Language, Literature, History, Studies in the Early Middle Ages 23 (Turnhout: Brepols 2010), pp. 187-219

‘The Politics of Rebellion: The Ætheling Æthelwold and West Saxon Royal Succession, 899-902’, in P. Skinner (ed.), Challenging the Boundaries of Medieval History: the Legacy of Timothy Reuter, Studies in the Early Middle Ages 22 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009), pp. 51-80

‘A Territorial Landscape: The Late Anglo-Saxon and Post-Conquest Estates', in B. Cunliffe, The Danebury Environs Roman Programme, Volume 1 : Overview (Oxford: Institute of Archaeology, 2008), pp. 133-57

‘The King's Wife and Family Property Strategies: Late Anglo-Saxon Wessex, 871-1066’, Anglo-Norman Studies 29 (2007), 84-99

'The Use and Abuse of Hostages in Later Anglo-Saxon England', Early Medieval Europe 14.3 (2006), 269-96

‘Why Grateley? Reflections on Anglo-Saxon Kingship in a Hampshire Landscape’, Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society 60 (2005), 154-69 Click here for a web-only PDF copy (opens a new window)

‘All the King’s Men? Land and Royal Service in Eleventh-Century Wessex’, Southern History 26 (2004), 1-37

‘Review Article: Documenting Winchester’s Minsters’, Southern History 26 (2004), 141-50

‘The “Farm of One Night” and the Organisation of Royal Estates in Late Anglo-Saxon Wessex’, Haskins Society Journal 14 (2005 for 2003), 53-82

‘Towards a Political Contextualization of Peacemaking and Peace Agreements in Anglo-Saxon England’, in D. Wolfthal (ed.), Peace and Negotiation: Strategies for Coexistence in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance 4 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2000), pp. 39-55

Other Publications

How England Rode the Viking Storm, BBC History Magazine 2015, no. 11 (November 2015), 22-27

(with Elton O. S. Medeiros) ‘Entrevista: Estudos Anglo-Saxônicos’, Brathair 12:2 (2012), 149–54

The Dark Side of the Anglo-Saxons, BBC History Magazine 2012, no. 13 (Christmas 2012), 21-27

‘Fighting the Vikings
, BBC History Magazine 12:1 (January 2011), 22-28

Entries on works concerning King Æthelred II, Earl Godwine of Wessex, King Edward the Martyr and a review of general works on Anglo-Saxon England for D. Loades (ed.), Reader’s Guide to British History (New York and London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003)

‘Ethnic Cleansing in Anglo-Saxon England’ (on the St Brice’s Day Massacre, 1002), BBC History Magazine 3:11 (November 2002), 42-44

‘The Bayeux Tapestry: Images of Battle in the Eleventh Century’, Osprey Military Journal 4:3 (2002), 7-10

‘Æthelwold of Wessex: “King of the Pagans”’, Osprey Military Journal 2:6 (2000), 15-24 Click here to access the text on the Osprey website (opens a new window)

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