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This survey, an introduction to the history of Anglo-Saxon England looks at political history, and religious, cultural, social, legal and economic themes are woven in. Throughout the book the authors make use of original sources such as chronicles, charters, manuscripts and coins, works of art, archaelogical remains and surviving buildings.The nature of power and kingship,...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 6th 1991 by Penguin Books (first published July 1st 1982)
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Neil
Out of some sort of stupid snobbery (it's a coffee table book and full of glossy pictures, must be rubbish, I'll stick with Stenton) I've avoided this book like the plague. On finding a cheap hardcover edition in a secondhand bookshop, I decided that I'd give it a try.

The main text of the book is written by James Campbell, Patrick Wormald and Eric John, each supplying chapters on their particular field of expertise. These chapters trace the history of the English from the collapse of the Roman E...more
Brackman1066
I read this book when I was studying for prelims (a while back, shall we say). I switched to Anglo-Saxon studies from Middle English studies shortly before I finished coursework, so I had quite a bit of catch-up to do. This book accomplished that and gave me a solid framework to take to the more detailed works like Stenton's Anglo-Saxon England. It also has beautiful plates that I've used nearly every semester since I've started teaching.
Kate
If you're interested in the Anglo-Saxons but don't know where to start, pick up this book. Written by the top Anglo-Saxonists working today, this well-illustrated volume will give a great overview of the culture and point you toward additional resources, if you just can't get enough.
Deane Foster Schulze III
A required read for my Anglo-Saxon course at University. This text is prepared almost perfectly and has become my companion on many quiet evenings. A great addition to anyone with an interest in ancient British history.
Jan-Maat
Excellent introduction to the Anglo-Saxons. Well illustrated with essays from a variety of scholars. A book you can dip in and out of or read from cover to cover.
Cate
Jun 19, 2007 Cate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anglophiles, those interested in the Anglo-Saxons
Shelves: history, college, research
Fantastic starting point for learning about Anglo-Saxon England. Complete with wonderful pictures.
Graham
I’ve been reading lots of books on Anglo Saxon history as part of some research I’m doing, and so far this is definitely the best. It’s a very accessible and comprehensive book, written by numerous authors, that covers pretty much everything you need to know about Britain circa 449 AD to 1066. It tells of the battles, of the kings, the tribes and the alliances, right from the early days when our post-Roman country was subject to Germanic invaders, through warring kings, the coming of the Vikings...more
Hilary
Save for the fact that I find the Anglo-Saxons to be dreadfully boring, this book was a very good read. It was well-written and clear, it held tons of information, and it had interesting photos on every page that really helped illustrate what life was like for the Anglo-Saxons. I recommend this book over the other well-respected text in this subject, Peter Hunter Blair's "An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England".
Lee Broderick
This book is very well regarded by Early Mediaeval archaeologists and has become recommended reading for a generation of university students in Britain. Whether because of other circumstances in my life at the time or not, I'm afraid I wasn't convinced.
Vanessa
It was a bit dry at parts and hard to get through. But not bad for a history book.
Michael Wills
An easily read history of the Anglo Saxons, richly illustrated. A classic.
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