The Anglo-Saxon World

The Anglo-Saxon World

by Nicholas Higham, M. J. Ryan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300125348

ISBN-13: 9780300125344

Pub. Date: 06/30/2013

Publisher: Yale University Press

The Anglo-Saxon period, stretching from the fifth to the late eleventh century, begins with the Roman retreat from the Western world and ends with the Norman takeover of England. Between these epochal events, many of the contours and patterns of English life that would endure for the next millennium were shaped. In this authoritative work, N. J. Higham and M. J.

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The Anglo-Saxon period, stretching from the fifth to the late eleventh century, begins with the Roman retreat from the Western world and ends with the Norman takeover of England. Between these epochal events, many of the contours and patterns of English life that would endure for the next millennium were shaped. In this authoritative work, N. J. Higham and M. J. Ryan reexamine Anglo-Saxon England in the light of new research in disciplines as wide ranging as historical genetics, paleobotany, archaeology, literary studies, art history, and numismatics. The result is the definitive introduction to the Anglo-Saxon world, enhanced with a rich array of photographs, maps, genealogies, and other illustrations.
 
The Anglo-Saxon period witnessed the birth of the English people, the establishment of Christianity, and the development of the English language. With an extraordinary cast of characters (Alfred the Great, the Venerable Bede, King Cnut), a long list of artistic and cultural achievements (Beowulf, the Sutton Hoo ship-burial finds, the Bayeux Tapestry), and multiple dramatic events (the Viking invasions, the Battle of Hastings), the Anglo-Saxon era lays legitimate claim to having been one of the most important in Western history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300125344
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2013
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................     viii     

Acknowledgements....................     xiii     

Introduction....................     1     

Chapter 1 Britain in and out of the Roman Empire....................     20     

Chapter 2 The Origins of England....................     70     

Chapter 3 From Tribal Chieftains to Christian Kings....................     126     

Chapter 4 The Mercian Supremacies....................     179     

Chapter 5 The Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings, c. 825-900....................     232     

Chapter 6 Conquest, Reform and the Making of England....................     284     

Chapter 7 The Age of Æthelred....................     335     

Chapter 8 The Transformation of Anglo-Saxon England....................     387     

Bibliography....................     443     

Index....................     459     


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