The Death of Anglo-Saxon England

The Death of Anglo Saxon England Perhaps the best known fact of English history is the Norman Conquest of which dispossessed the Anglo Saxon royal house marginalized English cultural values and began the near total exclusion o

  • Title: The Death of Anglo-Saxon England
  • Author: Nicholas J. Higham
  • ISBN: 9780750908856
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Perhaps the best known fact of English history is the Norman Conquest of 1066, which dispossessed the Anglo Saxon royal house, marginalized English cultural values and began the near total exclusion of English figures from influence in the realm.

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    1. This book sets out to answer a question that had never occurred to me - why was it so easy for William to conquer England in 1066. The author does not interrogate the (pretty thin) historical resources of the period but does give a convincing argument about the weaknesses arising from the problematic successions after Aethelred the Unraed. It would be a better book without the photographs, most of them of sites which no longer bear any trace of the anglo saxon period.

    2. Very hard to read partly due to the subject matter and the similarity of the names - Aethelred, Aethelwold, Aelfhere, Aelfheah and at least a dozen more. An index of names with a quick explanation would have helped immeasurably. The text is very dry, I picked it up after reading the Bernard Cornwell novels - the Saxon tales. The book contains a lot of information but I gave up part way through as it felt more of a hard slog than a journey of discovery.

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