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Britain in the Middle Ages : an archaeological history

Author: Francis Pryor
Publisher: London : HarperPress, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With technical advancements including the widespread use of metal-detectors and a recent increase in the number of archaeological excavations nationwide, Britain in the Middle Ages draws on a depth of knowledge and research to dispel the common misconception of the 'Dark Ages' as an era characterized by chaos and violence. Redefining everything from the role of the Vikings - conventionally depicted as rapists and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francis Pryor
ISBN: 9780007203611 0007203616
OCLC Number: 64311117
Description: xviii, 330 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : archaeology and the medieval period --
1. The north/south divide of the Middle Saxon period --
2. Enter the Vikings --
3. Rural life in Late Saxon times --
4. Urban life in Late Saxon times --
5. Urban life in the Middle Ages --
6. Rural life in the Middle Ages --
7. Trade, industry and security --
8. The end of the Middle Ages?
Responsibility: Francis Pryor.

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As he did in 'Britain B.C.' and 'Britain A.D.', eminent archaeologist Francis Pryor challenges familiar historical views of the Middle Ages by examining fresh evidence from the ground.  Read more...

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