Viking and native: re–thinking identity in the Danelaw

  title={Viking and native: re–thinking identity in the Danelaw},
  author={Dawn M. Hadley},
  journal={Early Medieval Europe},
  • D. Hadley
  • Published 1 March 2002
  • History
  • Early Medieval Europe
This paper addresses the impact of the Scandinavian settlements in England in the ninth and tenth centuries, and the role that ethnic identity and affiliation played in the society of the so–called Danelaw. It is argued that ethnic identity was not a constant factor, but one that only became relevant, at least in the evidence available to us, at certain times. It is suggested that the key to understanding expressions of ethnicity lies in the absorption of new ruling elites in northern and… 

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