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Author John, Eric.

Title Reassessing Anglo-Saxon England / Eric John.

Published Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, 1996.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  941.01 JOHN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 204 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. The beginnings of English society -- 2. Anglo-Saxon pagans, saints and sinners -- 3. Thought and action under the Mercian hegemony -- 4. English politics in the ninth century: problems, solutions and more problems -- 5. The West Saxon conquest of England -- 6. Holiness and hubris -- 7. The restoration of learning -- 8. The ruin of the house of Cerdic -- 9. The northern empire -- 10. The avoidance of chaos -- 11. Gotterdammerung.
Summary Eric John is one of the most distinguished and provocative of Anglo-Saxonists. This new and original analysis is the fruit of thirty years of scholarship and therefore has something of the nature of a testament. Mr John seeks to make use of social anthropological insight to understand the type of primitive people the Anglo-Saxons were and sets them in their European context. He starts at the beginnings of English society, looks then at Anglo-Saxon pagans, Mercian hegemony, English politics in the ninth century, the West Saxon conquest of England, Holiness and hubris, the restoration of learning, the ruin of the house of Cerdic, the northern empire and the avoidance of chaos.
Subject Civilization, Anglo-Saxon.
Civilization, Medieval.
Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066.
England -- Civilization -- To 1066.
ISBN 0719048672
0719050537 (paperback)