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Early English Settlement of Orkney and Shetland, The [Paperback]

Graeme Davis
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5 Dec 2007
In this new book by one of Britain's foremost experts in mediaeval linguistics and history, Dr Graeme Davis counters popular historical belief by proposing that there was a Saxon settlement in both Orkney and Shetland during the fourth century AD. The Saxons were a minority group, and were ultimately subsumed into the Norwegian Viking population which migrated to the islands from around AD 790, but they had a four-hundred year presence in the islands, and constitute one of the first English settlements in the British Isles. Basing his thesis on extensive linguistic, historical and archaeological research, Dr Davis challenges some of the longest held beliefs about the settlement of Orkney and Shetland and casts a new light on the origins and history of the first island settlers.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: John Donald (5 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904607756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904607755
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,342,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Graeme Davis is a specialist in the mediaeval world, its language, literature and culture. Recent books include studies of the language and literature of Anglo-Saxon, Old High German and Old Icelandic cultures. He is a research fellow at Northumbria University, previously a British Academy funded researcher at the University of Iceland, and an enthusiast for the North Atlantic region, where he has travelled extensively.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Orkney & Shetland "Angle"? 7 Jan 2008
Wainright posed the question "Who were the Picts?"
In what I found to be a facinating, absorbing and well structured book Davis sets out to show that Angles / Saxons were present in Orkney & Shetland as a part of the mix of the settled population well before they settled in SE England.
He starts with ancient historical writings (which state the above) and proceeds with clear analysis of language, literature and transcribed verse to substantiate these writings which historians in recent centuries have chosen to dismiss.
Davis has added to our understanding of the shadowy Pictish era in Orkney & Shetland prior to Norse settlement.
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