Anglo-Saxon England

Anglo-Saxon England

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The period c550-1087, from the earliest English kingdoms to the establishment of the Anglo-Norman monarchy is covered in this volume. In the field of political history it covers the unification of Britain begun by the kings of Mercia and completed by the kings of Wessex, the Scandinavian settlements of the 9th century, the annexation of England to Denmark by Cnut and the overthrow of the old English state by William of Normandy. The development of English society is traced from the age of the oldest Anglo-Saxon laws, through the changes brought about by the growth of royal power and the extension of private lordship, to the establishment of feudalism after the Norman Conquest. The volume describes the conversion of the English kingdoms and the chief phases in the Anglo-Saxon Church, with particular reference to the enterprise of Anglo-Saxon missionaries in the 8th century, the monastic revival inspired by Dunstan and the ecclesiastical organization carried through by Lanfranc. An account is also given of the literature written in the English language, which forms a distinctive achievement of the Anglo-Saxon peoples. Place-names, coins and charters, wills and pleas, archaeology and the laws of the Anglo-Saxons are used to produce a narrative, supported by the Domesday Book and the 12th century charters.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 808 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 44mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8 maps, bibliography
  • 0192822373
  • 9780192822376

Table of contents

1: The Age of Migration. 2: The Kingdoms of the Southern English. 3: Anglian Northumbria. 4: The Conversion of the English People. 5: The English Church from Theodore to Boniface. 6: Learning and Literature in Early England. 7: The Ascendancy of the Mercian Kings. 8: The Age of Alfred. 9: The Structure of Early English Society. 10: The Conquest of Scandinavian England. 11: The Decline of the Old English Monarchy. 12: England and the Scandinavian World. 13: The Tenth Century Reformation. 14: England before the Conquest (i) The Peasants and their Lords, (ii) The Danelaw, (iii) Towns and Trade. 15: The Last Years of the Old English State. 16: The Norman Conquest. 17 - The Norman Settlement: . 18: The Reorganization of the English Church. Epilogue: The Anglo-Norman State. Bibliography. Key to Anglo-Saxon Place Names. Indexshow more

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"I am very grateful that you have made available to students this splendid and still vital, this very major, piece of historical thinking and writing."--R. Brentano, University of California, Berkeley"For a broad and balanced survey of every aspect of Anglo-Saxon society in the movement of five hundred years there is nothing to approach Professor Stenton's book."--Times Literary Supplement"Professor Stenton's book [is] on of the outstanding volumes in the series of which it forms a part, and one of the most valuable contributions ever made to our knowledge of the history of our own land."--English Historical Reviewshow more

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