University of Liverpool's Viking Day – 1016: Cnut, Europe and the Making of England
2016 marks a thousand years since the conquest of England by the Danish king Cnut, and this October we commemorate his defeat of the Anglo-Saxon king Edmund Ironside at the battle of ‘Assandun’.
Cnut’s victory brought to power a Viking dynasty that ruled England for 26 years, and influenced it for far longer. In this special commemoration, we seek to bring Cnut’s England back to life. We ask why his conquest and rule over the country has been relatively neglected, and why it still matters to us, 1000 years later.
There will be artefacts of Viking England, including the Huxley Hoard on display all day in the Garstang Museum (located just off Abercromby Square).
Life in Viking-Age England, re-enacted all day by Viking Chester (Abercromby Square Gardens), including demonstrations of Viking weapons and combat.
Expert speakers will discuss Cnut’s conquest of England in 1016 and its significance in Lecture Theatre 6 in the Rendall Building, 1.00 – 4.15 pm:
Charles Insley (University of Manchester)
Elizabeth Tyler (University of York)
Tim Bolton (Cardiff University/University of Aberdeen)
Pauline Stafford (University of Liverpool/University of Leeds)
Refreshments will be provided.