Anglo-Saxon Myths: State and Church, 400-1066 by Nicholas Brooks

By Nicholas Brooks

During this number of essays Nicholas Brooks explores a number of the earliest and so much complicated resources, either written and archaeological, for early English background. In his palms, the constitution and capabilities of Anglo-Saxon foundation tales and charters (whether actual or solid) remove darkness from English political and social buildings, in addition to ecclesiastical, city and rural landscapes. in addition to formerly released essays, Anglo-Saxon Myths: kingdom and Church, 400-1066 incorporates a new account of the English starting place delusion and a overview of the advancements within the examine of Anglo-Saxon charters during the last twenty years.

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Increasingly for the eighth and ninth centuries it comes instead from treasure hoards, ecclesiastical or secular, that were buried in the ground for safe-keeping in times of danger, but which were never recovered by their owners; it also comes from the growing body of finds of individual items recovered either in archaeological excavations or by chance in building work or with metal 26 Anglo-Saxon Myths: State and Church 400-1066 detectors. Such discoveries give us a more balanced impression of the variety of the work of English craftsmen than do the weapons and personal ornaments from pagan cemeteries.

As a result, and thanks above all to the Ecclesiastical History of the English People, which the Venerable Bede completed in 731, we are very much better informed about the political development of Anglo-Saxon England in the seventh and early eighth centuries than we are about the preceding 'Dark Ages'. It was a turbulent period in which the political map was constantly being redrawn by the activities of warrior-kings and of their followers. Bede tells us of the more substantial Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, but it is clear that each of them was an amalgamation, forged by warfare, of smaller tribal groupings.

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