The Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: The Power Struggles from Hengist to Ecgberht
This work presents a reconstruction of the events of the early Anglo-Saxon period, early fifth to ninth century. At first the Roman state was succeeded by a patchwork of primitive British tribal kingdoms, which were gradually replaced by a number of martial Saxon and Anglian kingdoms. Each one pursued a narrow policy of self-preservation. Political alignments and military alliances developed, not only with each other, but also with the Welsh, the Picts and the Scots. Therefore Leonard Dutton draws upon Celtic as well as Anglo-Saxon sources. The eventual appointment of a high king with supreme power ensued, and the trend towards political unification is the main theme of the book.
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