Lost Gold of the Dark Ages: War, Treasure, and the Mystery of the Saxons

Lost Gold of the Dark Ages: War, Treasure, and the Mystery of the Saxons


By (author) Caroline Alexander

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  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 234mm x 24mm | 980g
  • Publication date: 18 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Hanover, PA
  • ISBN 10: 1426208146
  • ISBN 13: 9781426208140
  • Illustrations note: 200 Colour Photographs, 3 Maps
  • Sales rank: 460,045

Product description

Through beautiful landscape photography, cutting edge technology, and a treasure trove of precious artefacts, NG recreates the crucible of England's creation - the mysterious Dark Ages. The story spans an era long wrapped in myth and legend, from the dusk of the Roman Empire in 450 A.D. to the Norman invasion in 1066. Discovered in Staffordshire in July 2009 by an amateur metal-detecting enthusiast these 1500 pieces of bejewelled gold and silver Anglo-Saxon treasure promise to shed unprecedented light on this key period of British history; a time when the Saxons, Celts, Picts, Jutes, and Vikings battled for control of the British Isles. Set in a landscape whose beauty endures, the story of the making of England emerges through a wealth of archaeological and written material. This story highlights the fluid nature of human societies and carries a surprisingly modern message of a successful, cohesive culture emerging from a diverse group of people.

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Author information

Caroline Alexander is the bestselling author of "The Endurance, The Bounty, "and "The War That Killed Achilles, "and is widely recognized for her nonfiction writing. She is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Granta, and National Geographic magazine. Dr. Kevin Leahy, National Adviser for the Portable Antiquities Scheme at the British Museum, specializes in Medieval metalwork and is the expert who has been studying the hoard.

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"The images presented in this book are gorgeous. And stunning." -"Los Angeles Times"