The Period Of The Old English Period Essay

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The Danelaw in the old English period was a historical name given to the part of England in which the laws of the Danes held sway and dominated those of the Anglo-Saxons. In the 8th century, England faced the invasion of a branch of aggressive Germanic people - the Vikings. The Vikings were great travellers, both raiding, trading and settling in other lands. They came from Norway, Denmark and Sweden. They spread through Europe and the North Atlantic in the period of vigorous Scandinavian expansion (AD 800-1050) known as the Viking Age. The vast majority who arrived in England were from Denmark.
Albert C. Baugh and Thomas Cable (2002) have distinguished three well-marked stages of the Scandinavian attacks upon England. The first is the period of early raids, at this period the raids were simply plundering attacks upon towns and monasteries near the coast. The second stage is the work of large armies and is marked by widespread plundering in all parts of the country and by extensive settlements. The third stage of the Scandinavian incursions covers the period of political adjustment and assimilation. The Danelaw as the territory subjected to Danish law was originated in the second period.
Since the 9th century, with the increase in population and productivity, the Scandinavian was getting powerful increasingly, so they were no longer satisfied with just pirate style harassment and looting, they want to do more organized military conquest to gain greater benefits. Hence, the…

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