In a literary sense, the Danish conqueror of England died many deaths: accounts range from an old man dying in his bed to supernatural intervention by a vengeful saint.
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Thoughts on “Swein Forkbeard’s Invasions” and “Reign of Æthelred II” by Ian Howard
Two books by Ian Howard (“Swein Forkbeard’s Invasions and the Danish Conquest of England 991-1017” and “The Reign of Æthelred II: King of the English, Emperor of All the Peoples of Britain”) deal with similar topics, so I thought I would address them together, especially since they share an author. Both are academic works that engage with a tumultuous and confusing period of early English history, when England fell to a Danish king in 1013, was recovered by the English one in 1014, and was conquered by Danes again in 1016.
St. Brice’s Day and the Danish Conquest
Did the St. Brice’s Day Massacre lead to the Danish Conquest of England?