We’re at a massive turning point for Britain. The Great Heathen Army is arriving on the Northern shores. I have been racking my brain for weeks trying to figure out how best to tell you this story deal with the Great Heathen Army, because it has all the elements that make a story nearly impossible to tell. On the one hand what remains to us of the Great Heathen Army has aspects that are almost certainly pure legend, along the lines of the story of King Arthur. It’s very tempting to just tell this story as a legend and discuss the legendary aspects in a direct way.
However, unlike the story of King Arthur, we know that the Great Heathen Army happened. Danelaw happened. We are talking about real events. Real events that also, over time, became partly mythological.
The story of the Great Heathen Army is a bit like the story of Troy. We have the mythological stories surrounding Troy, but we also know that Troy was a place. So where does that leave us when it comes to Helen and th