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Institute project wins Verbruggen Prize

30 May 2013

Beyond the Burghal Hidage, winner of the 2013 Verbruggen Prize

The book resulting from the Institute's Beyond the Burghal Hidage research project has won the 2013 Verbruggen Prize for the best book on medieval military history.

Beyond the Burghal Hidage. Anglo-Saxon Civil Defence in the Viking Age by John Baker and Stuart Brookes, published by Brill in 2013, was awarded the prize during the De Re Militari Business Meeting held at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies recently.

In awarding the prize, John France, chair of Verbruggen Prize Committee, stated:

  • “The book brings together all kinds of evidence – historical, archaeological and onomastic – to provide an understanding of how the Anglo-Saxon state actually managed its defence. It is genuinely original and a fascinating read, with wider implications for the way in which medieval states managed warfare.”

'Beyond the Burghal Hidage: Anglo-Saxon Civil Defence in the Viking Age' was a three-year collaborative research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust from 2005–8 and led by Andrew Reynolds. It undertook the first systematic study of Anglo-Saxon military organisation and its landscape context for the period c.850-1066, drawing on the whole range of sources available including archaeology, place-names, landscape and documents.