Now re-edited and with 3 more detailed maps, one of which is a map of Wessex at the time of Alfred, showing all the locations mentioned, I have also gone through line by line and improved the punctuation, many thanks to ~Torris~ for pointing this out, in his review.
A general History of Medieval England from the departure of the Romans to the establishment of England as a unified Country, concentrating on the people rather than just the battles.
I have come in for criticism for being outdated, this is because I use the term "Dark Ages" which is deemed politically incorrect (hence right), I also explain in the book why. The people aiming this flack are Academics, who are unable to write an understandable History and resent me, after 2 years hard research doing so.
It covers the change from Freeman to Thegn (peasant Farmer) and Women's role in Anglo-Saxon society, what the Economic effects of a lack of money in circulation had on the Country, and how this affects the population as a whole, including farming development, clothes and buildings.
The important battles are there, the Campaigns are followed, but it is what this does to the people as a whole that is noted.
The arrival of St. Augustine in the 6th Century, giving rise to Christianity via Bede, St Dunstan through to Eadward the Confessor.
Kings that help shape the emerging Nation, but also how the Laws and Economy shaped the Country, who was good and who was bad. From the famous such as Alfred the Great to the obscure like his Daughter Aethelfaed who was nearly airbrushed from history yet won at least three glorious battles, how Realms rose and fell before Wessex eventually spreads to become England, and the Danelaw merges into the whole.
All told in an easy style that makes you want to read more, and explains why, despite wonderful artistic achievement, these are still the Dark Ages.
If you are looking for a straight forward general History based on authoritative sources of Dark Ages England and its emergence into a Nation amid the turmoil of the Viking raids, then this will delight.
Includes 47 Illustrations, and 11 Maps.
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Published August 15, 2012