Author Archives: Ingibjorg

Ingibjorg is a crafty widow who has come from Jutland to settle in East Anglia, on the island held by her mother's brother, Ulrik. She enjoys tablet weaving, sewing socks, and feasting. Ingibjorg's Story

Captives and feuds (Earleywood 2017)

An Englisc viewpoint At Wareham peace was sworn by solemn oaths from the Danes upon their holy ring, and hostages were given to Alfred the king: but the heathen proved forsworn, and fled towards Exeter. So Alfred sent for the hostages to be brought to him for hanging – for what other use is there […]

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Broken Oaths (877 begins)

Over the past few years we’ve been following the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, seeing how our units would react to the events of the 870s. In 2014 we lived through King Burhred’s expulsion from Mercia in 874, as the Viking Great Army installed the puppet king Ceolwulf to rule Mercia but lost their unifying leader Ivar ‘The […]

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Oaths and Hostages (Flaunden, November 2016)

First, a quote from a surviving fragment of the Chronicle of St Albans (sadly lost at the dissolution of the monasteries…) “AD 874. Here the Great Army came into Mercia and took winter quarters at Repton. And King Burhred lead his fyrd against them, and men from the Abbey lands with them. But Burhred thought […]

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Border Skirmishes (Cadbury, October 2016)

Lord Anir was away at the borders of his land putting down unrest leaving his hall lightly defended. Into the area comes a number of Viking and Saxon warbands each fighting each other and making occasional alliances along the lines of culture, Saxon or Viking. Purses of money were fought for. Groups included the Somersaete, […]

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Horley Scout Camp event, 3-5 June 2016

Our next event will be a fabulous plot and banquet event with lots of fighting and running around in character, held at Horley Scout Camp near Banbury, Oxfordshire. Hauk of the Oestvikingae is in charge so expect surprises and excitement!

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Earleywood event 18-20 March 2016

The first DAS event of 2016 will be at Earleywood Scout Centre, 18-20 March. This is a great location, with showers and bunk beds and everything. You can catch up with the DAS rolling plot by reading the DAS Chronicle. It’s 875: this summer King Alfred went out to sea with an armed fleet, and […]

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Flaunden event 13-15 November

Hurrah! We have another event confirmed in the diary. This is a traditional DAS weekend of fighting and feasting, to be held in the lovely Hertfordshire village of Flaunden over the weekend of the 13th to 15th November. See the diary for details of all DAS events this year: Diary

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South Cadbury event

We have a new event confirmed, a traditional DAS weekend of fighting and feasting at South Cadbury in Somerset. We’ll fight on the spectacular South Cadbury hillfort. This will happen over the weekend of the 9th – 11th October. We are also planning to attend a couple of larger events this year, see the diary […]

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*** New Event – First event of 2015 booked ***

Wups! We don’t seem to have had much news to post in the last year. However, we’ve had some excellent events in 2014 and the Dark Ages Society is in fine fighting form, as you can read in the DAS Chronicle The first event of 2015 will be The Hunt for Ivar’s Treasure, a DAS […]

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Before the Battle, 874 A.D. (Murton Park, August 2014)

At which the Vikings and Englisc both prepared for the battle to seal the fate of Mercia, and an introspective Viking leader, Ivar the Boneless, asked the assembled forces exactly what they wanted. The war season, 874. The Viking Great Army gathered at Repton in Mercia, home to the burial crypt of the Mercian kings. […]

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DAS in 2014/874

The last DAS event of 2013, Flaunden, was set in 872, when the Vikings fell on London and forced the Mercians to make peace. Forces of King Burhred of Mercia and King Alfred of Wessex (the Cilternsaete and the Sumorsaete) were helping rescue refugees streaming out of London, saving them from marauding bands of Vikings […]

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Events Diary 2013

The first event of 2013 will be a DAS weekend of fighting and feasting over the 5th – 7th April 2013, at Earleywood Scout Camp, near Sunningdale in Berkshire. We welcome all members old and new, who would like to fight in the woods, practice crafts, or just enjoy good fellowship, food and ale with […]

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The Sack of London, Autumn 872 A.D. (Flaunden, October 2013)

At which the Vikings harried refugees from the sack of London, as they fled up Watling Street towards the Abbey of St. Albans. Autumn 872. The great Mercian town of London had been taken by the Great Army, causing many Christian folk to flee the city. King Burhred of Mercia and King Alfred of Wessex […]

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Flaunden event, 25-27 October 2013

The mighty Cilternsaete will be running an event in the village of Flaunden in Hertfordshire, over the weekend of 25th to 27th October. This will be a private society event with fighting and feasting. Any non-members who’d like to find out more and maybe give DAS a try, get in touch!

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First Event of 2013 Booked!

We’ll be holding a DAS weekend of fighting and feasting over the 5th – 7th April, at Earleywood Scout Camp, near Sunningdale in Berkshire. * Please note the change of date! * This is a great venue as we have the run of the camp and can fight on site in the afternoon, then hang […]

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