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Starting A.D. 400 (around the time of their invasion of England) and running through to the 1100s (the 'Aftermath'), historian Geoffrey Hindley shows the Anglo-Saxons as formative in the history not only of England but also of Europe. The society inspired by the warrior world of the Old English poem Beowulf saw England become the world's first nation state and Europe's fir ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published 2006 by Robinson Publishing
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Where to begin on this book... I guess I learned things. I shouldn't imply that it wasn't educational.

Unfortunately, the book just attempted to do too much. It covers the history of England from about 450 AD to 1066 AD. It does this in about 330 exceptionally dense pages.

It reads more like the Bibles's begetting section. You know... "Tim beget Jim and Jim beget Susan and Susan beget Thurstan, etc etc"

If the book is covering a major event, there's so-so explanations, but most times it never exac
This book is essentially an overview of the period and as such is a starting point for wider reading. People wanting a more 'enjoyable' read should try Michael Wodd's In Search of the Dark Ages
In Search of the Dark Ages by Michael Wood
Honestly the first half of the book is a bit of a drag until you get to Alcuin of York and Alfred the Great .... the vikings and the norman conquest of 1066. The appendices are helpful too.
This was a really interesting book, with a lot of information to take in. Hindley drew on current research and theories to give a well rounded account of the Anglo-Saxon period, discussing varying topics such as literature, law, invasion and kingship. I found that it was sometimes a struggle at times to keep the lineages clear in my head, and not get confused with the key figures who shared very similar names. Hindley's style of writing was difficult at times with some sentences running into fiv ...more
Michael Cayley
This is a very readable and informative overview of the Anglo-Saxons. It incorporates recent research and archaeological discoveries, and covers political, military, ecclesiastical, social and cultural history. The key role of the church is described, but in a way which is balanced by other aspects of the history of the epoch. Thoroughly recommended.
Amy Huntley
I found this book a great way to get an overview of The Anglo-Saxons, and it was also a good companion to have while reading from Cornwell's Anglo-Saxon Tales. I like that it gives a strong understanding of the overall impact of the Anglo-Saxon culture and role in the development of modern nation states.

Took awhile to get into but very informative and very interesting to see how Anglo-Saxon culture continued after the Norman Conquest. Things would have been so different if King Harold had defeated William. Great read!
Oh dear, I'm giving up on this one. I'm genuinely interested in the subject, but this book is so dull I just know I'm never going to get through it
Wendalynn Donnan
I really enjoy history, and if you can get a wide range of books revolving around the time you most enjoy it makes for s good time.
Fascinating book on one of my favourite periods of history.
Rob Wiltsher
Sep 05, 2011 Rob Wiltsher rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with an interest in this country's history and legacy
Extremely readable but not to its' detriment....informative but not over-indulgent.
Vikas Datta
Quite informative
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