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A Short History of the Anglo-Saxons

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From popular fiction such as The Hobbit and Game of Thrones to the universality of the English language, the continuing influence of the Anglo-Saxons can be found throughout the world.

But who were the Anglo-Saxons and where did they come from?

A Short History of the Anglo-Saxons traces the fascinating history of this era and its people, from the early migration of European
Published January 24th 2019 by Oldcastle Books
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Graham Tapper
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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An interesting exposition on the history of the Angles and the Saxons from what little history is recorded about their presence in Britain during Roman times, through their eventual mass invasion, following the Romans' departure, and onwards up until the Normans usurped their power and authority.

Some Saxons, such as Alfred, are better known than others. The popularity of Bernard Cornwell's Last Kingdom books, and the TV series made from them, though wound around Alfred's reign and featuring a d
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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Although you can't expect much from what is intended as a short history, I found some elements lacking as a person who takes an interest in the Old English language. I think it could have benefitted from a deeper discussion of Anglo-Saxon culture as we know more about their literature than simply the age-old retelling of the famous Beowulf poem. I liked that it discussed the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, the writing of Bede and even mentioned the poem The Battle of Maldon. I think that it was sad the ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was a litany. If you want answers to questions like, "How do significant populations of fourth century Germans get across the English Channel to defeat and intermarry with the native Britons and in which kind of boats?" or, "Did the Anglo-Saxons raise sheep?," this is not your book. If, however, you wanted to know about kings named Aethelfrith, Aethelred, and Aelfhere and how they defeated each other in battles and occasionally crossed rivers, this is your book. (No explanation of how you g ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brief overview of the time period with some focus on the key players from the Anglo Saxons, Vikings and Normans. I found this quite interesting and it's a good introduction for anybody not overly familiar with this time of British history. ...more
Anthony Buck
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I love the anglo saxon period, and this book gave a useful overview of a long period. However, it felt a bit lightweight, there isn't a lot of insight provided and its a bit sloppily edited. ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. For anyone interested in the Anglo-Saxons: start here!

The mother of all crash courses. Read this as a primer then go into depth with other books.
Cheryl Neer
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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I admire the Anglo -Saxon period for its history of course, and for the contributions to our English Language. I read part of this book with Kings and Queens the Millennium Series Discover the 1,000 years of British History by John Guy open for it's illustrated timeline and pictures of early Kings. I learned of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People ( a copy of which my history-loving husband had on the shelf), and the Great Domesday. The text itself is ea
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book, and informative, though a little mundane and the jumping around in chapters took a little getting used to. But I enjoyed it.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Good chronological history. Key word is short, but the author provided numerous sources for further research.
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Derivative and presented in an amateurish manner, but it may work well as a starting point prior to further study.
Rosie Vince
I am not sure I really agree with how this book is described, it mainly talks through the different kings and rulers of the times the Anglo Saxons lived in England with a few facts about them scattered through the book, I was interested to find out how they lived there lives and about there pagan religion but unfortunately this book provided none of this, instead this book lists the names and dates of the kings and briefly describes there battles, how the gained and lost there power.
It did have
Mike Toms
Sep 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A rather dry account of Anglo-Saxon history that lacked any real depth. There was repetition in some places and towards the end it felt like the author was trying to find things to pad it all out. Some 242 pages but large type and line spacing. Disappointing.
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