Viking Identities: Scandinavian Jewellery in England
14 June 2013
New research by Jane Kershaw has overturned the idea that the Viking conquest of England was an all-male affair.
Jane's work is published in a new book from Oxford University Press entitled Viking Identities: Scandinavian Jewellery in England.
Her book outlines how the presence of Scandinavian-style female jewellery in Britain suggests that in fact large numbers of women travelled over from the Scandinavian homelands during this period and provides a fresh perspective on the location of Viking settlements.
As Jane indicates:
"Within the last 20-25 years, our picture of the Viking invasion has
changed dramatically. There has been
an explosion of new finds of Viking-Age metalwork recovered from areas
of known Scandinavian settlement.
Surprisingly prominent within the new finds is female jewellery in Scandinavian styles: brooches and pendants worn by women in everyday dress".