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The Wealth of Anglo-Saxon England

Peter Sawyer


How did the Anglo-Saxons obtain the treasure that tempted Vikings to raid England frequently in the ninth century and again between 980 and 1018. As Britain then had no gold mine and its lead mines yielded very little silver, this treasure must have been imported. Some may have been given but most was obtained by trade. Until the ninth century the main source was Francia where there was a lively demand for English produce. Cross Channel trade flourished, much of it passing through the major ports, or wics, that developed in the seventh century. The rapid decline of this trade in the ninth cent ... More

Keywords: vikings, gold, silver, mines, Francia, Anglo-German trade, coinage, Domeday Book

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253937
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253937.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Sawyer, author
Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, University of Leeds