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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Phillimore & Co Ltd; First Soft Bound Edition edition (1 Sept. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850332982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850332988
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Herbie Green VINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2009
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When I was young virtually all history was classically oriented, and so the 'Dark Ages' were written off as a period of cultural dirth. This might have been the very reason why a teenager like myself at the time became interested in this period. At school I had gone down the science route and given up history (classical civilization, modern politics and the world wars!) as soon as possible. At home I read Morte d'Arthur, got a copy of John Morris's 'the Age of Arthur' and built my dark age library from there. Avidly collecting books and reading all I could on the period. More recently historical study has become more enlightened, and the dark Ages shown to be a magnificent time, when illuminated manuscripts were created, the Irish and British kept Classical manuscripts and languages alive while Europe descended into post Roman debauchery, the very same that until recently had outshone the vernacular writings. Monasteries produced writers like Nennius, Bede, Geoffrey of Monmouth, and many many more, who copied the old libraries, made fantastic versions of the bible, but also produced new works in Latin and their own languages. It is to these I have more recently myself turned, having learnt all I can from the modern histories of the Dark Ages, a framework to place the happenings I now read about in the original source material from the so called 'Dark Ages'. Now that books like this are available they shine a light on the formative years of our culture, history, myths and legends. We are all familiar with the Disney treatment of our greatest hero Arthur, but reading Nennius and the like, shows us the real background to these myths and legends.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Very valuable series 11 Dec. 2006
By DesertKnight - Published on
Format: Paperback
Morris' Arthurian Period Sources series provides a complete edition of the original Latin and an English translation. A very brief introduction (8 pages) focuses on the manuscripts, and the proper name index is occasionally helpful. This edition, like the edition of Gildas in the same series, is very well done, but there are some things that some readers won't like. There are no notes to the text, marginal glosses, or vocabulary lists. The assumption is that if you're reading Nennius in the original Latin, you already know Latin and thus don't need any help. There are no explanatory notes, either, probably because the author figures that if you've searched out a copy of Nennius, you already know who he is and why he's important, and you can get an explanation of the text somewhere else. The other somewhat non-traditional issue here is the layout. Morris provides the complete English translation first, then the complete Latin original instead of doing the more common facing-page translation. This makes comparing passages more difficult, but it also helps when reading the Latin as you don't tend to use the English as a crutch.

So this is an edition of the text with a translation, and nothing more. It does one thing, and it does it well. An absolute must for anyone interested in the Arthurian legends.
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Nennius at last 3 Jan. 2007
By Walter M. Speck - Published on
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I must be a idoit, I never knew these sources existed until recently. Inexpensive Dark age resoures, how great is that? These volumes are easy to read, and don't take up much room on the bookcase. A must for British history fans
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