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Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

The extent of the Danelaw is the main topic covered in this website, perversely starting in the middle of the Danelaw border in Derbyshire. Vikings in South Derbyshire looks at the extent of Scandinavian settlement in this area and The Danelaw in Derbyshire looks at where the Danelaw border ran through this county. The Danelaw in Leicestershire follows the border southwards from south Derbyshire to the junction of the Fosse Way and Watling Street.

My interest in Anglo-Saxon archaeology began with Beowulf and I have another website looking at the topography of Beowulf. The website is: https://theroadtoheorot.com. The conclusion of the website is that the kennings in Beowulf are not simply metaphors for the sea, they are descriptions of real locations and Beowulf’s journey from the land of the Geats to Heorot can be followed.

If you have any feedback please contact me, Keith Allsop, at hrothgaratheorot@outlook.com

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