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> Early Medieval Britain, c. 500–1000

Early Medieval Britain, c. 500–1000


Rory Naismith, University of Cambridge
Published 2021


Early medieval Britain saw the birth of England, Scotland and of the Welsh kingdoms. Naismith's introductory textbook explores the period between the end of Roman rule and the eve of the Norman Conquest, blending an engaging narrative with clear explanations of key themes and sources. Using extensive illustrations, maps and selections from primary sources, students will examine the island as a collective entity, comparing political histories and institutions as well as societies, beliefs and economies. Each chapter foregrounds questions of…

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  • Blends an engaging narrative with explanations of key events and sources, giving students an accessible and memorable understanding of the major changes across all parts of medieval Britain
  • Explains how embryonic versions of modern nations came into being, building a strong framework for students to firmly grasp the formative stages and developments of British history
  • Foregrounds questions of identity and the meaning of 'Britain' in this period, encouraging students to contextualise and interrogate primary source texts and images for themselves
  • Wide-ranging primary sources illustrate the concepts of each chapter, provoking discussion as students are introduced to the latest debates and problems of interpretation.

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