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Posted April 6, 2001
This book is a richly illustrated collection of seven manuscripts and two fragments translated and annotated by Anne Savage. I will use it as a source book for my own writing. This is not a narrative such as Winston Churchill's 'The Birth of Britain'. Mr. Churchill uses Asser, Bishop of Sherbourne; Hodgkin's Account as well as the Saxon Chronicles to spin his tale. Ms. Savage has carefully woven her multiple sources into the form laid out by the original chronicles. 'The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles' is divided into five parts: 1-800 Roman Occupation to the Norsemen, 801-963 King Alfred and his decendents, 964-1066 Danish invasions to the Conquest, 1067-1085 William and the Norman Kings, 1086-1154 Up to Henry II. This time in history is interesting for the challenges it poses to our modern conceptions of life. Religious events were noted equally with the secular. A day that the sun darkened or the moon darkened were duly noted. This listing shows us today what a good chronicle can be. These times were full of life - a Roman Empire fading - a new Christian faith taking root - a serious challenge by the barbarians - learning to live as Roman, English, Welsh, Scottish, Danish and Norman. I like this book and I recommend it.
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