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A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons: The Beginnings of the English Nation

A Brief History of the Anglo Saxons The Beginnings of the English Nation Starting A D around the time of their invasion of England and running through to the s the Aftermath historian Geoffrey Hindley shows the Anglo Saxons as formative in the history not only of

  • Title: A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons: The Beginnings of the English Nation
  • Author: Geoffrey Hindley
  • ISBN: 9780786717385
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Paperback
  • Starting A.D 400 around the time of their invasion of England and running through to the 1100s the Aftermath , historian Geoffrey Hindley shows the Anglo Saxons as formative in the history not only of England but also of Europe The society inspired by the warrior world of the Old English poem Beowulf saw England become the world s first nation state and Europe s firStarting A.D 400 around the time of their invasion of England and running through to the 1100s the Aftermath , historian Geoffrey Hindley shows the Anglo Saxons as formative in the history not only of England but also of Europe The society inspired by the warrior world of the Old English poem Beowulf saw England become the world s first nation state and Europe s first country to conduct affairs in its own language, and Bede and Boniface of Wessex establish the dating convention we still use today Including all the latest research, A Brief History of the Anglo Saxons is a fascinating assessment of a vital historical period.

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    1. This book is essentially an overview of the period and as such is a starting point for wider reading. People wanting a more 'enjoyable' read should try Michael Wodd's In Search of the Dark Ages

    2. Where to begin on this book I guess I learned things. I shouldn't imply that it wasn't educational. Unfortunately, the book just attempted to do too much. It covers the history of England from about 450 AD to 1066 AD. It does this in about 330 exceptionally dense pages.It reads more like the Bibles's begetting section. You know "Tim beget Jim and Jim beget Susan and Susan beget Thurstan, etc etc"If the book is covering a major event, there's so-so explanations, but most times it never exactly co [...]

    3. Honestly the first half of the book is a bit of a drag until you get to Alcuin of York and Alfred the Great . the vikings and the norman conquest of 1066. The appendices are helpful too.

    4. A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons covers the Anglo-Saxon history from A.D. 400 (around the time of their invasion of England) through to the 1100s (the ‘Aftermath' of the Norman invasion). Geoffrey Hindley not only includes the Anglo-Saxon influence on the British Isles but also how they influenced mainland Europe. Despite being a "brief" history, this book covers a wealth of information, including culture, religion, and literature as well as military aspects. Geoffrey Hindley has a scholarl [...]

    5. Gave up after the first few chapters. If there's organization in this book, I'm not sussing it. The author jumps from topic to unrelated topic from one chapter section to the next - even from one paragraph to the next. And there's no depth to anything. This may be a "brief history," but there still should be more to it than what I'm seeing. I'm afraid this is going to be donated to the next library book sale.

    6. I enjoyed this overall as I've read a good deal about Anglo-Saxon England and was familiar with nearly all the figures covered, but I felt there was an odd amount of time spent of events in continental Europe with the Franks, especially since was intended as a "brief history." But I'm spoiled by the level of detail from The British History Podcast. This is still a good overview of the Anglo-Saxons.

    7. Informative, but a wee bit dense and, well, boring in places. I think the author knows his field all too well, and so this book would be better for someone already with a working knowledge of the history. There were a few typos, and the style wasn't smooth but I'm much better informed now!

    8. Lots of details, facts, figures, and people in this important study of the evolution of Great Britain.

    9. Lots of good information but no "life" to the narrative. I felt it read like a string of facts and dates with no reason for me to feel attachment for any of the players.

    10. After proclaiming two books ago (when I had this book in the 'read soon' section of my mind library) that I do not agree with the concept of 'a brief history of' history books and that I would try to steer clear of them, I happen to have stumbled upon another one (and by that, I mean that I read it). This is now making me wonder how many of these books that I have in my collection. However, this isn't so relevant.This book is very much self-explanatory. It is indeed a history of the Anglo-Saxons [...]

    11. The Anglo-Saxons have possibly had a bad press over the centuries. However, I find them fascinating, because of their enigmatic aura, and the period is stimulating, partly because it is so fragmented, nebulous and confusing.In this book, the author makes allowances for scenarios other than those which have achieved something of a consensus. He often sets the Anglo-Saxon phenomenon in the wider context of Medieval Europe, and the formation of the "post-Roman" landscape. There is necessarily a hea [...]

    12. I haven't read this book in its entirety, just selected chapters that interested me, so this isn't an exhaustive review.What I have read is informative and engaging, which is about as much as you can ask from any work of history. Among some of the nuggets I've gleaned is that the celebrated 9th-century king Alfred the Great may well have saved Wessex from the Vikings, but he wasn't the first true king of England: that epithet must go to his grandson Aethelstan, who finally secured the borders of [...]

    13. This was a really interesting book, with a lot of information to take in. Hindley drew on current research and theories to give a well rounded account of the Anglo-Saxon period, discussing varying topics such as literature, law, invasion and kingship. I found that it was sometimes a struggle at times to keep the lineages clear in my head, and not get confused with the key figures who shared very similar names. Hindley's style of writing was difficult at times with some sentences running into fiv [...]

    14. It is a fairly detailed history of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain from approximately from 600 AD. The book generally follows the chronology of the influence of the various kingdoms that went on to become England. It begins with accounts of the arrival of the Angles, Saxons Jutes etc to Britain then details the main early kingdoms of southern England (Sussex, Essex, Kent, Wessex), where the early power lay. Then he looks at the Northumbrian and Mercian spheres of importance. Then comes the arrival o [...]

    15. Lucid, concise, engagingly written and paced to perfection, this is a splendid general history that presents the reader with a vividly drawn portrait of Anglo-Saxon England: not at all a barbarous "dark age" kingdom, but a vibrant culture whose evolution from heroic warrior society to ordered civilisation was matched by the splendour of its artistic, literary, and spiritual achievements. Hindley's eye is discerning, his narrative filled with humorous asides and wry observations as he guides the [...]

    16. This is the first history of Anglo-Saxon England that I've read, and it's as advertised. Relatively brief (some 353 pages, excluding appendices, notes, and bibliography), it chronicles the advent of the Anglo-Saxons and their eclipse by the Normans. Depending on your interests, some chapters will be the driest things you've ever read; others will be enthralling. The author, Hindley, does a good job of balancing facts and historiography, and of balancing primary sources and secondary theories. Th [...]

    17. This is a very readable and informative overview of the Anglo-Saxons. It incorporates recent research and archaeological discoveries, and covers political, military, ecclesiastical, social and cultural history. The key role of the church is described, but in a way which is balanced by other aspects of the history of the epoch. Thoroughly recommended.

    18. I found this book a great way to get an overview of The Anglo-Saxons, and it was also a good companion to have while reading from Cornwell's Anglo-Saxon Tales. I like that it gives a strong understanding of the overall impact of the Anglo-Saxon culture and role in the development of modern nation states.

    19. Well written. Information provided from a good selection of resources, albeit heavily weighted on the faucet of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. But that is to be expected, as it is the most important collection of annals of that period and couldn't be more pertinent, given its conception, birth and even death was of the period itself. Nevertheless, a fine read.

    20. This was the worst history book I ever read. How many Ethelreds can there be. It was all date and name with very little background. The audible reader made it even worse. Oh well, you can't win them all.

    21. Highlighting a period that is not so known, especially outside England. The invasion of William the Conqueror wiped away much of the cultural, political and linguistic Anglo-Saxon tradition (Alfred the Great, Beowulf, Danelaw, Offa,), but it would be a pity to be forgotten about.

    22. Took awhile to get into but very informative and very interesting to see how Anglo-Saxon culture continued after the Norman Conquest. Things would have been so different if King Harold had defeated William. Great read!

    23. I really enjoy history, and if you can get a wide range of books revolving around the time you most enjoy it makes for s good time.

    24. Unimpressed with his format, and general lack of clarity. Felt like he was doing both too much and too little at the same, lost in the forest as it were. Maps were good, but poorly used.

    25. Oh dear, I'm giving up on this one. I'm genuinely interested in the subject, but this book is so dull I just know I'm never going to get through it

    26. This was an enjoyable and helpful outline, slightly spoiled for me by a lack of awareness of the significance of Wearmouth as well as Jarrow.

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