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A Short History of the Anglo-Saxons

A Short History of the Anglo-Saxons (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Leyser, Henrietta

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'Here lies our leader all cut down, the valiant man in the dust.' The elegiac words of the Battle of Maldon, an epic poem written to celebrate the bravery of an English army defeated by Viking raiders in 991, emerge from a diverse literature - including Beowulf and Bede's Ecclesi... read full description below.

ISBN 9781350135741
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Published 11 July 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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ISBN-13 9781350135741
ISBN-10 1350135747
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Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date 11 July 2019
International Publication Date 8 August 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Leyser, Henrietta
Series Short Histories
Category World History: C 500 To C 1500
British & Irish History
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 215mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 245g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 942.01
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'Here lies our leader all cut down, the valiant man in the dust.' The elegiac words of the Battle of Maldon, an epic poem written to celebrate the bravery of an English army defeated by Viking raiders in 991, emerge from a diverse literature - including Beowulf and Bede's Ecclesiastical History - produced by the people known as the Anglo-Saxons: Germanic tribes who migrated to Britain from Lower Saxony and Denmark in the early fifth century CE. The era once known as the 'Dark Ages' was marked by stunning cultural advances, and Henrietta Leyser here offers a fresh analysis of exciting recent discoveries made in the archaeology and art of the Anglo-Saxon world. Arguing that the desperate struggle (led by Alfred the Great) against the Vikings helped define a distinctively English sensibility, the author explores relations with the indigenous British, the Anglo-Saxon conversion to Christianity, the ascendancy of Mercia and the rise of Wessex. This vivid history evokes both the emergent kingdoms of Alfred and Offa and the golden treasures of Sutton Hoo. It will appeal to students of early medieval history and to all those who wish to understand how England was born.

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Author's Bio

Henrietta Leyser is an Emeritus Fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford. Her books include Hermits and the New Monasticism: A Study of Religious Communities in Western Europe, 1000-1150, Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England, 450-1500 and The Life of Christina of Markyate.

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