215 – King Burgred and the end of the Danish Sausage Fest

It’s 873 and so far Halfdan has extracted THREE Danegelds from King Burgred in exchange for promising to not occupy Mercia. And, of course, he’s gone on to occupy Mercia… most recently in a town called Torksey. He also put down a rebellion in Jorvik and reclaimed the city. He pushed King Ricsige of Northumbria beyond the Tyne, effectively demoting him to King Ricsige of Bernicia. And now, he was marching (or potentially rowing) towards Repton, which was also in Mercia.

Burgred couldn’t catch a break with this guy.

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  1. Apparently Julian Richards gave a lecture at the University of York back in May 2016 discussing some new archeological evidence of the Great Army’s Winter camp at Torksey. Any idea if there is a public record of what was discussed?

    1. I haven’t seen any audio copies available of that particular lecture, but I’ll keep looking. It’s possible that there’s a copy in Deepdive or somewhere similar. However, I’ve found a few links to the collaboration he did with Dawn Hadley on the subject. Here’s a link https://www.academia.edu/7682622/_with_Julian_D._Richards_Viking_Torksey_inside_the_Great_Armys_winter_camp._Current_Archaeology_281_2013_

      If you have access to journals you might want to check out The Antiquaries Journal, 84, 2004, pp23-116. That has an indepth analysis of the site by Julian Richards and others, and it informed part of this episode.

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