The English Settlements

The English Settlements

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The English Settlements is a masterly account of the Dark Ages in the light of evidence from literary sources, the relevant archaeological remains both in England and on the Continent, and place-names and other linguistic developments. J. N. L. Myres draws attention to some little-understood factors which seem to link Roman Britain with Anglo-Saxon England, and so suggests strands of political and social continuity which aid our understanding of this particularly complex and traumatic period of our history. 'He is the foremost authority on the subject and presents a fascinating concentration of evidence, much of which remains enigmatic' Anthony Powell 'Our Dark Age is still murky This learned book is the best introductory torch available' The Times 'Let us salute the author with congratulations on the achievement of this interpretation of a remarkable lifetime's work.' TLSshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 22mm | 240.4g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 11 figures, 6 maps
  • 0192822357
  • 9780192822352
  • 1,657,756

Review quote

Let us salute the author with ... congratulations on the achievement of this interpretation of a remarkable lifetime's work * TLS * He is the foremost authority on the subject and presents a fascinating concentration of evidence, much of which remains enigmatic. * Anthony Powell * Our Dark Age is still murky ... This learned book is the best introductory torch available * The Times *show more

About J. N. L. Myres

Dr J. N. L. Myres (1902-89) was formerly Honorary Student of Christ Church and Bodley's Librarian at the University of Oxford.show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. The Nature of the Evidence; The Literary Sources ; 2. Archaeology and Place-Names ; 3. The Continental Background ; 4. The Romano-British Background and the Saxon Shore ; 5. Saxons, Angles, and Jutes on the Saxon Shore ; 6. Formation of Wessex ; 7. The Humbrenses and the North ; 8. Change and Decay ; Addenda; Appendices; Bibliography; Indexshow more

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