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Author Hunter Blair, Peter, 1912-1982.

Title An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England / Peter Hunter Blair.

Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  942.01 BLAI    AVAILABLE
Edition 3rd ed. / introduction by Simon Keynes.
Physical description xxxv, 383 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Anglo-Saxon studies.
Anglo-Saxon studies.
Notes Previous ed.: 1977.
Bibliography Bibliography.
Contents Introduction: Changing perceptions of Anglo-Saxon history Simon Keynes xvii -- Chapter I. Foundations of England -- 1 Last days of Roman Britain 1 -- 2 Enemies of Roman Britain 3 -- 3 Traditions about the invasions 13 -- 4 Evidence of archaeology and place-names 18 -- 5 Geographical factors 25 -- 6 Kingdoms of the southern English 27 -- 7 Northern English 37 -- 8 Movements towards unity 49 -- Chapter II. Britain and the Vikings -- 1 Scandinavian background 55 -- 2 Norse approach to Britain 62 -- 3 Danish invasions 67 -- 4 Consolidation in Wessex 75 -- 5 Creation of the kingdom of England 80 -- 6 AEthelred the Unready 90 -- 7 Danish rule 99 -- 8 Edward the Confessor and the end of the Anglo-Saxon state 104 -- Chapter III. Church -- 1 St Augustine's mission 116 -- 2 Anglo-Saxon heathenism 120 -- 3 Celtic mission and the conflict with Rome 124 -- 4 Roman triumph 132 -- 5 Church in early English society 142 -- 6 English mission to the Continent 162 -- 7 Church and the Vikings 166 -- 8 Monastic revival 173 -- 9 Last century of the Anglo-Saxon Church 178 -- Chapter IV. Government -- 1 Rule of kings 194 -- 2 Growth of monarchy 198 -- 3 King and court 204 -- 4 King's council 214 -- 5 Local government 222 -- Chapter V. Economy -- 1 Country 245 -- 2 Countryside 257 -- 3 Town and tradeLocal government 277 -- Chapter VI. Letters -- 1 Language 301 -- 2 Orthography 305 -- 3 Growth of scholarship 311 -- 4 Vernacular poetry 329 -- 5 Alfred and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 350 -- 6 Learning in the new monasticism 356.
Summary This third edition of Peter Hunter Blair's classic account of Anglo-Saxon history includes a new introduction written by Simon Keynes. Between the end of the Roman occupation and the coming of the Normans, England was settled by Germanic races; the kingdom as a political unit was created, heathenism yielded to a vigorous Christian Church, superb works of art were made, and the English language -- spoken and written -- took its form. These origins of the English heritage are Hunter Blair's subject. The first two chapters survey Anglo-Saxon England: its wars, its invaders, its peoples and its kings. The remaining chapters deal with specific aspects of its culture: its Church, government, economy and literary achievement. Throughout, the author uses illustrations and a wide range of sources -- documents, archaeological evidence and place names -- to illuminate the period as a whole. Simon Keynes has also prepared a thoroughly updated bibliography.
Subject Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066.
ISBN 0521830850 : £55.00
0521537770 paperback £19.95