Landscapes of Defence in Early Medieval Europe

4 October 2013

Landscapes of Defence in Early Medieval Europe

A new edited volume by Stuart Brookes and Andrew Reynolds (with John Baker, University of Nottingham) on landscapes of defence in early medieval Europe has just been published by Brepols.

The volume is the result of a conference held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology in 2007 which addressed the scale and form of civil defences in early medieval Europe, c. 800–1000.

Previous work has largely focussed on individual sites or specific categories of evidence. These papers offer new interdisciplinary perspectives driven by a landscape approach.

Several contributions focus on civil defence in England around the time of King Alfred the Great, and together provide a new agenda for the study of Anglo-Saxon military landscapes. European case-studies facilitate a comparative approach to local and regional defensive structures and interpretive paradigms.

Topics and themes covered include civil defence landscapes, the organization and form of defensive structures, and the relationships and dynamics between social complexity, militarization, and external threats.

With papers ranging from England to Spain and Germany to Scandinavia the volume is of relevance to a range of disciplines including archaeology, history, onomastics, geography, and anthropology.

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