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Ryan Lavelle is Professor in Early Medieval History. He is a member of the Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology (having been convenor between 2014-19) and of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research.

He gained his first degree at Royal Holloway, University of London, and an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York. He studied for a PhD at Winchester, which he was awarded in 2002.

An internationally-recognised expert in Anglo-Saxon Winchester and King Alfred, he is the author of the award-winning book Alfred's Wars: Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age.

In October 2018, he chaired the event 'Bernard Cornwell, in conversation on the making of England' and presented 'The Death of Cnut the Great and the End of the Viking Empire', both part of the BBC History Weekend 2018, which is held annually in Winchester.

He chaired and organised the 2017 conference 'Winchester, a Medieval Royal City', hosted by the University (find out more) and has been acting as historical advisor for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC series, based on the novels by Bernard Cornwell, that tells the story of King Alfred and the birth of England.

Visit Ryan's Academia.Edu page

Areas of expertise

Late Anglo-Saxon political history, particularly Wessex


(With Simon Roffey)West Saxons and Danes: Negotiating Identities in the Early Middle Ages 

2016, Danes In Wessex: the Scandinavian Impact on Southern England c800-1100. Oxbow Books, p. 7 34 p.

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