Anglo-Saxon England (3rd edition)


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The period c550-1087, from the earliest English kingdoms to the establishment of the Anglo-Norman monarchy is covered in this volume. In the field of political history it covers the unification of Britain begun by the kings of Mercia and completed by the kings of Wessex, the Scandinavian settlements of the 9th century, the annexation of England to Denmark by Cnut and the overthrow of the old English state by William of Normandy. The development of English society is traced from the age of the oldest Anglo-Saxon laws, ...

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May 2, 2014

Dated but thorough

This book is not for everyone. It is detailed and scholarly; not for the casual reader. You need to know a good bit about this subject before you can fully appreciate this book. But if you are prepared, it has a wealth of detail that cannot be ignored by anyone interested in this topic. The amount of work that went into this is mind boggling. A lot of work has been done on individual aspects of Anglo-Saxon history since this was written, but one would be hard pressed to find a scholar today as thorough as Stenton to create an updated version.

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