The Danelaw

By the 800s the Vikings came to England not just for plunder but also for land on which to settle. In 886, the Danish Viking leader, Guthrum, agreed to divide England with Alfred the Great, the Saxon King of the English. In return for being baptised in the Christian faith, Guthrum would have control of the land to the north east, while Alfred retained control of the south west of England. The land that was held by the Vikings became known as the Danelaw.

One of the important legacies of this agreement was that some of the laws and the way in which the Vikings governed became part of the practices of England, and influenced the legal system of England. This then influenced the democratic parliamentary system that was adopted by Australia.