An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England / Edition 3

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This third edition of Peter Hunter Blair's classic account of Anglo-Saxon history includes a completely new introduction written by Simon Keynes. The first two chapters survey Anglo-Saxon England: its wars and invasions, people and kings. The remaining chapters cover specific aspects of its culture: Church, government, economy and literary achievement. Blair uses illustrations and a wide range of sources--documents, archaeological evidence and place names--to depict the period realistically. (Keynes has also prepared a thoroughly updated bibliography.) Second Edition Hb (1977): 0-521-21650-8 Second Edition Pb (1977): 0-521-29219-0
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"This is a general history intended for the novice and it is, I think, a quite remarkably successful production." The New Statesman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521537773
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction: Changing perceptions of Anglo-Saxon history
Ch. I The Foundations of England
1 The last days of Roman Britain 1
2 The enemies of Roman Britain 3
3 Traditions about the invasions 13
4 The evidence of archaeology and place-names 18
5 Geographical factors 25
6 The kingdoms of the southern English 27
7 The northern English 37
8 Movements towards unity 49
Ch. II Britain and the Vikings
1 The Scandinavian background 55
2 The Norse approach to Britain 62
3 The Danish invasions 67
4 Consolidation in Wessex 75
5 The creation of the kingdom of England 80
6 Aethelred the Unready 90
7 Danish rule 99
8 Edward the Confessor and the end of the Anglo-Saxon state 104
Ch. III The Church
1 St. Augustine's mission 116
2 Anglo-Saxon heathenism 120
3 The Celtic mission and the conflict with Rome 124
4 The Roman triumph 132
5 The Church in early English society 142
6 The English mission to the Continent 162
7 The Church and the Vikings 166
8 The monastic revival 173
9 The last century of the Anglo-Saxon Church 178
Ch. IV Government
1 The rule of kings 194
2 The growth of monarchy 198
3 King and court 204
4 The king's council 214
5 Local government 222
Ch. V Economy
1 The country 245
2 The countryside 257
3 Town and trade 277
Ch. VI Letters
1 Language 301
2 Orthography 305
3 The growth of scholarship 311
4 Vernacular poetry 329
5 Alfred and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 350
6 Learning in the new monasticism 356
Select Bibliography 364
Index 375
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