The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

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El Paso Norte Press, Aug 1, 2005 - History - 232 pages
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The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is an account of the early history of Britain. It was originally compiled on the orders of King Alfred the Great, approximately A.D. 890, and subsequently maintained and added to by generations of anonymous scribes until the middle of the 12th Century. The original language is Anglo-Saxon (Old English), but later entries are essentially Middle English in tone. It consists of 9 differing manuscripts that collectively trace the outlines of British history. Together, even with their inconsistencies, they comprise the best source of factual information from an era shrouded in myth. For a millennium or so, historians have been reading this landmark reference to distinguish between fact and fantasy in the complex history of Britain. It has established the standard time-line from pre-history into the middle ages. This edition is a translation from the Old English to a more readable Modern English by the Reverend James Ingram. His scholarly view is amply demonstrated in his introduction that traces the early fusion of The Doomsday Book and the Saxon Chronicle into this work that has come to be known as The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

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User Review  - ecasebeer2 - LibraryThing

Scope is from the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons till the fall of their kingdom to William the Conqueror in 1066. Particular emphasis on the remarkable King Alfred, probably because he may have initiated ... Read full review

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User Review  - anthonywillard - LibraryThing

This is an annal. It has one entry per year, though some years are skipped over. It was started during the time of King Alfred the Great of Wessex (849-899) in southwest England. However, the authors ... Read full review

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