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A brief history of the Anglo-Saxons

Author: Geoffrey Hindley
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Carroll & Graf edView all editions and formats
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"This is the early story of the English people, from the end of Roman Britain up to the Norman Conquest in 1066. A distinct English identity developed during this crucial time, only to be stamped out by the arrival of the Normans. But Geoffrey Hindley, one of our most respected medieval historians, shows how the eclipse was superficial, and how a strong Anglo-Saxon legacy can be found in our culture and society  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Hindley
ISBN: 9780786717385 0786717386
OCLC Number: 70637347
Notes: Originally published: London : Robinson, 2006.
Description: xliv, 404 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Contents: Chronology --
Selective genealogy of the royal house of Cerdic, Wessex, England --
An idea of early England --
Invaders and settlers : beginnings to the early 600s --
Southern kingdoms, AD 600-800 --
Northumbria : the star in the north --
The Mercian sphere --
Apostles of Germany --
Alcuin of York and the continuing Anglo-Saxon presence on the Continent --
Viking raiders, Danelaw, "kings" of York --
The Wessex of Alfred the Great --
Literature, learning, language, and law in Anglo-Saxon England --
The hegemony of Wessex : the English kingdom and church reforms --
Danish invasions and kings : Ætheldred "Unraed," Cnut the Great, and others --
Edward the Confessor, the Conquest, and the aftermath --
Appendix 1 : the Bayeux tapestry --
Appendix 2 : the death of Harold and his afterlife? --
Appendix 3 : royal writing office or chancery?
Other Titles: Anglo-Saxons
Responsibility: Geoffrey Hindley.
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"This is the early story of the English people, from the end of Roman Britain up to the Norman Conquest in 1066. A distinct English identity developed during this crucial time, only to be stamped out by the arrival of the Normans. But Geoffrey Hindley, one of our most respected medieval historians, shows how the eclipse was superficial, and how a strong Anglo-Saxon legacy can be found in our culture and society today." "The barbaric warrior world of the Old English poem Beowulf gave way to a time of cultural, religious and political firsts. While the rest of Europe was tied to Latin, England began to conduct much of its affairs in its own language. With its centralized bureaucracy, it became the first true 'nation' in Europe." "Hindley picks out glories like the Lindisfarne Gospels and looks at some notable ladies, including AEthelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, a strategist and war leader; Emma, queen and power broker; and Hilda, abbess and trainer of bishops. He discusses Alfred's reputation as England's saviour against the Vikings, examines new research and recent archaeological finds and explores intriguing questions like: was the Bayeux Tapestry made in England or France, could King Harold have survived Hastings? Book jacket."--Jacket.

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