An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 17, 2003 - History - 383 pages
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This is a lucid, authoritative and well-balanced account of Anglo-Saxon history. The third edition includes an introduction by Simon Keynes. Between the end of the Roman occupation and the coming of the Normans, England was settled by Germanic races; the kingdom as a political unit was created, heathenism yielded to a vigorous Christian Church, superb works of art were made, and the English language - spoken and written - took its form. These origins of the English heritage are Hunter Blair's subject. The first two chapters survey Anglo-Saxon England: its wars, its invaders, its peoples and its kings. The remaining chapters deal with specific aspects of its culture: its Church, government, economy and literary achievement. Throughout the author uses illustrations and a wide range of sources - documents, archaeological evidence and place names - to illuminate the period as a whole. For this edition, Simon Keynes has prepared a thoroughly updated bibliography.
  

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Maybe if you're a grad student in history, this might be an "introduction". If you're a lay reader, this might be a tad much in the detail department. Blair commands the material, but the material ... Read full review

Contents

THE FOUNDATIONS OF ENGLAND
1
2 The enemies of Roman Britain
3
3Tradition about the invasions
13
4 The evidence of archaeology and place names
18
5 Geographical factors
25
6 The kingdom of southern English
27
7 The northern English
37
8 Movements towards unity
49
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 AngloSaxon Church
178
GOVERNMENT
194
2 The growth of monarchy
198
3 King and court
204
4 The kings council
214

BRITAIN AND THE VIKINGS
55
2 The Norse approach to Britain
62
3 The Danish invasions
67
4 Consolidation in Wessex
75
The creation of the kingdom of England
80
6Æthelred the Unready
90
7 Danish rule
99
8 Edward the Confessor and the end of the AngloSaxon state
104
THE CHURCH
116
2 AngloSaxon 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
5 Local government
222
ECONOMY
245
2 The countryside
257
3 Town and tradeLocal government
277
LETTERS
301
2 Orthography
305
3 The growth of scholarship
311
4 Vernacular poetry
329
5 Alfred and the AngloSaxon Chronicle
350
6 Learning in the new monasticism
356
Select Bibliography
364
Index
375
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