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Anglo-Saxon Thegn AD 449-1066 by Mark Harrison
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Apr 14, 10

bookshelves: anglo-saxon, historical, non-fiction
Read from April 13 to 14, 2010, read count: 1

I've got a feeling that this is a children's book, but that doesn't stop it being of interest to people interested in the Dark Ages.

The book is short and features a selection of full-colour plates, all of them drawings of Anglo-Saxon life. There's a picture of a typical supply train, of warriors and their weaponry, of archaeological grave finds and, of course, of battles themselves.

The text explores such elements as social standing; the fyrd and how it worked; weaponry and armour; tactics of warfare and finally logistics. For me, it was most interesting when it covered areas I didn't previously know about: typical clothing, for instance, and the logistics of assembling an army, feeding it, and then getting it from A to B.

The main sources seem to be heroic poetry (THE BATTLE OF MALDON figures predominantly) and archaeology. It's very short, which is the only detraction; I wanted to read more.
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