Fortifications in Wessex c. 800–1066 (Fortress) (Paperback)

Fortifications in Wessex c. 800–1066 (Fortress) By Ryan Lavelle, Donato Spedaliere (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ryan Lavelle, Donato Spedaliere (Illustrator)


The defence of the 9th-century kingdom of Wessex under King Alfred against the 'Great Viking Army' is one of the major military achievements of Early Medieval history. While the guerrilla warfare in the Somerset marshes and the battle of Edington are characteristic of Alfred's military abilities, his definitive physical achievement was a series of some 30 well-structured fortifications (known as burhs) across the kingdom. Many of these fortifications survive to this day and some were even reinforced to stand up to German tanks in the expected invasion of 1940. This title describes their beginnings in the turbulent early years of Alfred's reign as well as their subsequent development and use.

About the Author

Donato Spedaliere was born in Switzerland and moved to Italy. He served as a paratrooper in the
Italian Army and studied at Belle Arti in Florence. As a 2D artist, he is a professional illustrator for
publishers and museums; as a 3D artist he has worked on complex projects with archaeologists,
architects and military institutions. He can be contacted at:

Product Details
ISBN: 9781841766393
ISBN-10: 1841766399
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2003
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: Fortress