Late Anglo Saxon England was flourishing and relatively secure.
But a first wave of Viking incursions disrupted that security and by 871 only Alfred's Wessex survived. Recovery in the 10th century was halted during the unhappy reign of Ethelred II.
Then in the early 11th century the Danish king Cnut took the throne, before Edward the Confessor reclaimed the crown.
But on his death the events of 1066 would see the Duke of Normandy, a descendant of the Vikings, seize England and bring an end to Anglo-Saxon control.
This course examines the tumultuous years from 800-1100