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An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England

An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England

3rd Edition


Simon Keynes
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  • Date Published: July 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521537773

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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.

    • Third edition of this lucid, authoritative and well-balanced account of Anglo-Saxon history
    • New introduction and updated bibliography by Simon Keynes
    • A classic book with strong annual sales in paperback
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    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521537773
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface to the third edition
    Introduction: Changing perceptions of Anglo-Saxon history Simon Keynes
    1. The foundations of England
    2. Britain and the Vikings
    3. The Church
    4. Government
    5. Economy
    6. Letters
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    Peter Hunter Blair, University of Cambridge

    Introduction by

    Simon Keynes


    Simon Keynes

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