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The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles: The Authenic Voices of England, from the Time of Julius Caesar to the Coronation of Henry II

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From the Roman occupation to the coronation of Henry II, a thousand years of English history are recorded in the Anglo-Saxon chronicles. Translated into modern prose by Anne Savage, and accompanied by informative commentary, the voices of old speak from the pages of this accessible book, providing an insight into life as it really was in England during this period.Lavishly ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Continental Enterprises Group (first published December 31st 1982)
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Graham
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
In a nutshell, this hefty hardback is a reproduction of the Anglo-Saxon chronicle, a yearly account of English deeds from the birth of Christ to the 12th century. It was written by monks and the first half is retrospective; it wasn't until King Alfred's era that this chronicle was actually begun.

Anne Savage has translated and collated the chronicle into a fine-looking account. My only issue is with her statement in the foreword that "we have presented the Chronicles selectively, [...:] the langu
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Robert Monk
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This isn't the first place to go if you're looking to actually study the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, the vernacular history of the English that was begun in the late Ninth century and continued until the Twelfth. It's a compilation of pieces of the various regional chronicles, rather than a complete translation. If, however, you want to *read* the sucker, this is a good place to turn. It's set up as one continuous narrative -- a compilation -- and it's beautifully illustrated. I'm not planning to re ...more
Thomas Ray
Sep 06, 2017 marked it as to-read
Bernard Cornwell uses Anne Savage's translation as source for his terrific 10-novel Saxon Stories: goodreads.com/review/show/2116524609
Eric
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of those 'must read' books out of British history; the original annual chronicles of the English monks keeping track of what was going on at the time...hence the original record of English events considered noteworthy in the years that they were happening. So kind of the modern equivalent of going through old newspapers to explore a period of history. This translation by Anne Savage purports to keep as close to the original cadence of the writing without losing the meaning, and at ti ...more
Sonya
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book even though it took me a long time to read it. It is a year-by-year account of major political and religious events in Christianity/England from the year 1 to 1154 (when King Stephen died). The translator combined several of the A/S Chronicle manuscripts together and included modern explanations of the history that helped the reader to understand what was going on. It also included some A/S poetry that was beautifully written and was a nice change from the yearly accou ...more
Judy
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-ages
A translation of the chronicles coupled with illustrations and a historical review of the times. Singles out historical figures, architecture and art from Roman occupation to the battle of hastings, and beyond to Henry II. Great illustrations and pictures from relevant archeology. I would have liked more information on language development and mythology but in terms of a generous overview, this was book has been one of my better finds.
Tricia Preston
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical-fact
I won't pretend that I have read this book from cover to cover but I am always dipping into it for additional background information on historical fiction books I am reading and have certainly read the majority of it.
I find it an absolute treasure as a very accessible contemporary history of the period.
Noelle
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
The nerd in me made an appearance because I really loved this book. It was written like a historical chronology and so I just read a detailed timeline. I am related to some of the people in the book so it was neat to read about the things that they did.
Pete daPixie
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-a-s
Love this book, with it's translated chronicles laid out year by year from Julius Caesar to Henry II with some tasty illustrations.
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