The Britons

The Britons

by Christopher A. Snyder
     
 

This book provides a fascinating and unique history of the Britons from the late Iron Age to the late Middle Ages. It draws on both archaeological and written evidence to trace the development of the distinct culture of the Britons that survived nearly four centuries of Roman rule and has been revived and celebrated by generations ever since.

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This book provides a fascinating and unique history of the Britons from the late Iron Age to the late Middle Ages. It draws on both archaeological and written evidence to trace the development of the distinct culture of the Britons that survived nearly four centuries of Roman rule and has been revived and celebrated by generations ever since.

The book:

  • describes the life and culture of the Britons before, during and after Roman rule
  • covers the revival of Iron Age practices within a Christian context, typified by the work of Saint Patrick
  • examines the figures of King Arthur and Merlin and the evolution of a powerful national mythology
  • proposes a new theory on the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain and the establishment of separate Brittonic kingdoms
  • gives an account of the Viking and Norman invasions and their effect on the Britons
  • reveals the origins of The Brittonic language and its segmentation into Breton, Cornish and Welsh

The book also discusses the revivals of interest in British culture and myth over the centuries, from Renaissance antiquarians to modern day Druids.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This lucid text cuts a logical swathe through the minefield of current debates, and provides an overview that will be welcomed by scholars and non-specialists alike. Anyone seeking an authoritative and eminently readable account of the early Britons should start with this book. I enjoyed it. Others will too." Lloyd Laing, University of Nottingham

"This book is about a fascinating, crucial and formative period of British History. There are plenty of controversial theories about the so-called 'Dark Ages', and yet Snyder offers a manageable overview that explores not only the latest scholarly works but also popular flights of fancy. This is a really well written book which is interesting, questioning, accessible and often amusing" Abbey's Advocate Newsletter

"Prof Snyder questions the view of historians from Bede onwards that the British were overwhelmed by massive Germanic immigration and a series of bloody wars. He says many historians are now subscribing to the theory that a small number of warrior elites imposed their culture on the Britons in what is now England. The Welsh, however, refused for centuries to accept new trends from continental Europe, even defying the Pope with their own calendar." Rhodri Clark, Western Mail (Cardiff)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631222606
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/07/2003
Series:
Peoples of Europe Series
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,456,059
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher A. Snyder is Associate Professor of European History and Chair of the Department of History and Politics at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a frequent lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution. His previous books include Exploring the World of King Arthur (2000) and An Age of Tyrants: Britain and the Britons, AD 400-600 (1998).

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