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DCC / NUI International Viking Lecture: Viking Age York by Julian Richards

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Dublin City Council and National University of Ireland International Viking Lecture Viking Age York by Professor Julian Richards

A Viking Army first arrived in York on All Saints’ Day in AD 866. It took a year for the rival claimants to the kingdom of Northumbria, Ælla and Osberht, to set aside their differences and organise a counter attack but, having smashed their way in, the Northumbrians found themselves trapped within the city walls, where ‘an immense slaughter was made … and both kings were killed.’

This paved the way for a Viking takeover of Northumbria and the creation of a joint kingdom of Dublin and York which lasted for almost a century, until Erik Bloodaxe was deposed in 954. This lecture will explore the latest archaeological evidence for a century of Viking influence in York. Julian Richards is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of York. He is co-author of the Viking Great Army and the Making of England (Thames and Hudson, 2021).

The Annual Dublin City Council and National University of Ireland International Viking Lecture 2021 heralds the commencement of the new York-Dublin Axis Project. The York-Dublin Axis is an interdisciplinary and international Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded networking project.

The York-Dublin Axis brings together academics and heritage professionals working on York and Dublin to explore these important urban settlements, their complex interactions in the Viking Age, and their shared ‘Viking’ heritage today.

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