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Ceawlin: The Man Who Created England

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In this book Rupert Matthews puts forward his ground breaking new theories on the collapse of the post-Roman order in Britain and the formation of England. Drawing on newly analyzed written sources and the growing mass of archaeological finds he presents a very different picture of post-Roman Britain than that usually put forward. In place of the anarchy and mayhem, Rupert ...more
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published March 19th 2012 by Pen & Sword Books
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Blair Hodgkinson
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-medieval
This book uses the word "perhaps" and the phrase "may have" more than any book I have ever read. A very great deal of it is conjecture: a theory that fits the facts, but one in which there are not enough facts for certainty. Having said that, it's fascinating conjecture and the author states his case well for Ceawlin's role (however unwitting) in creating Anglo-Saxon England. The author does a very good job of familiarizing the reader with the distant collapse of Roman Britain, the rise of Briti ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, gone
For the first time I have a grasp of what might have gone on from 410 AD to 600 AD. Speculation, but based on the sources, such as they are, and I'm ready to go along with that, at least until the concluding chapter or so. I am beginning to grasp the sheer amount of history, the multitude of generations. And that is just in our small corner of the world. Still it is my corner and I'm not finished with this period - lots more to learn about the dark earth of the towns so I'll keep an eye on the a ...more
Jim Dunn
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating, even plausible, alternative history of 6th Century Britain
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This was suggested reading from my favorite podcast - The British History Podcast. Historical fiction describing life during the age of the Vikings
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fascinating book, really interesting extrapolations from the sources available. Very readable style and a plausible conclusion
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