During the reigns of Æthelswith and his sons, England was divided between the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons. The Æthelswith ring was found not within the kingdom of Wessex but in Yorkshire, which was part of the Viking-controlled Danelaw. Other examples of Trewhiddle style rings have been found in the Danelaw, and a mould for Anglo-Saxon style jewellery has been found at York. This may be the result of Viking raids, but some archaeologists have argued that it is evidence of a more peaceful mixing of Saxon and Viking styles.
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