Feeding the micel here in England c865-878

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With the question of the probable size of ninth-century Viking armies remaining unresolved, this paper examines one of the primary impediments to fielding a large army: the availability of food. Perhaps the best documented Viking army of the century, the great army during its campaign in England, is the focus of this investigation. It is argued that historians have often ignored probable sources of food for the army, particularly the likelihood that food was regularly provided as part of peace treaties, and have consequently overstated the difficulty of maintaining a large army in hostile territory. Furthermore, the role that the kingdoms conquered by the great army and subsequently held on its behalf by puppet administrations may have played has also not been considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-156
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Australian Early Medieval Association
Issue number2006
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2006


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