Cambridgeshire - a county of fens, rivers and flat land, renowned for its University town and the Cathedrals of Ely and Peterborough, and little else....except that in the Viking Age, Cambridge was a frontier town, Saxon in nature, but drifting in and out of the Danelaw almost by the month, and its fortunes reflected the fortunes of England as a whole.

From the first Viking raids at the close of the C8th to the Norman Conquest in the C11th, Cambridgeshire was at the forefront of the political bickering, in-fighting and outright war which marks the period, but it also prospered in peaceful times, and became an important administrative centre long before the arrival of the University.

These pages present a picture of Cambridgeshire in the Viking Age, with background information and commentary.