The Earliest English Kings

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Psychology Press, 2000 - History - 258 pages
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The Earliest English Kings is a fascinating survey of Anglo-Saxon History from the sixth century to the eighth century and the death of King Alfred. It explains and explores the 'Heptarchy' or the seven kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England, as well as the various peoples within them, wars, religion, King Offa and the coming of the Vikings. With maps and family trees, this book reveals the complex, distant and tumultuous events of Anglo-Saxon politics.
 

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Contents

The peoples and kingdoms of preViking England
1
Early Kent
23
The early kings of the western Saxons
38
The Anglian territories in the late sixth and early seventh
50
The northern Anglian hegemony in the seventh century
63
The southumbrian kingdoms from the midseventh to
94
the ninth century
151
The coming of the Vikings
171
Appendix
179
Notes
187
Index
241
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David Kirby teaches at Florida State University and is the author of eight previous collections of poetry, including; 'The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems', as well as a collection of essays. Kirby is a recipient of an NEA Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his work appears regularly in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies.

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