Thursday, 3 June 2021
Readers looking for an account the period between Rome’s withdrawl from Britain and the end of the Anglo-Saxon kings might find the answer in a new book by Marc Morris called 'The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England'. This was released by Hutchinson a few weeks ago in May and is an account of English history from the fall of Rome (the subject of the first chapter) to the rise of the Godwines (in the final chapter). Between these two points Morris discusses the emergence of the kingdoms of England, Christianity, King Offa, the the assault of the Vikings, Alfred, Aethelstan, St. Dunstan and Aethelred in a mix of narrative and thematic history.
Morris has established himself as a historian of note in the middle ages with titles on Edward I, the Norman conquest, and King John. This important and extensive (over 500 pages) new book is a welcome addition to his list of titles. ISBN 9781786330994.