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English Historical Documents, c. 500-1042

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Hardcover, 974 pages
Published August 12th 2010 by Routledge (first published 1955)
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This is an absolute must for anyone interested in the Anglo Saxon period. Whitelock's collection of source material is huge, excellently translated and contains virtually everything that someone investigating the period would need if they wanted to hear what the people from the time had to say about themselves.

The collection includes the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Bede's History, Asser's Life of Alfred, letters, wills, laws and much more. Whitelock divides the book into sections dealing with secula
If you can't read the primary sources for yourself and need an English translation, this book is essential. Almost every academic paper that has been written pertaining to the time period covered uses this as it's source, if the author is using an English translation rather than translating for him or herself. Are these the best translations available? I have no idea. This is considered the authoritative work and changed the playing field from reliance on archaeology to the written words collect ...more
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