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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; New Reprinted Edition edition (2 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563522763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563522768
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Search of the Dark Ages, Michael Wood wrote the book for history on TV." (The Times)

"Michael Wood is the maker of some of the best TV documentaries ever made on history and archaeology." (Times Literary Supplement)

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A fascinating exploration of an often misunderstood period in British history


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For some reason the BBC has consistently and persistently managed to find as specialist presenters experts who are also thoughtful and talented communicators.
This is the accompanying book for his 1981 TV series of the same name, and consists of a series of essays (one for each episode of the series) on early British and English history.
Wood is an excellent essayist, and a genuine scholar in his field. In fact of the various books he has written, this one and the more reflective "in search of England" most seem to reflect his own studies and enthusiasms.
This is a fine introduction to the subjects in question. Bear in mind it's a set of essays and not a comprehensive history of the period, and that despite the title only covers Anglo-British history.
This edition was revised in 2001 to take into account more recent historical study.
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In search of the Dark Ages is a cracking introduction to anybody studying or wishing to know more about this fascinating yet little understood period of British history. Woods use and interpretation of source material, both primary and second is very good especially his insight into the archaeological evidence both past and present. He steers clear of too much speculation and that which he does use is measured and well thought out. Im sure there are some pretty weighty tomes on several of the personalities included, such as Alfred the Great and King Athelstan for anybody wishing to dig out a more in depth history but for a simple introduction you can't go much wrong with this. It can be a little heavy going in places and probably isn't the ideal book to be reading at 7 o'clock, half asleep on the way to work but on the whole I highly recommend it to anybody wishing to explore Anglo-Saxon/Viking/Norman history in the British Isles.
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I can remember way back in 1981 when a younger Michael Wood introduced us to the Dark Ages and up to the time of King Edward and the legacy of Domesday.
These magnificent books have now been in print for well over twenty years and are amongst the most interesting and well researched books on the period.

Woods a classical Oxford scholar has always been a favorite of mine in his very entertaining yet precise and accurate explanation of a period where little material exists.

It has been many years since these magnificent series have been televised and it is a travesty that both Insearch of the Dark Ages and Domesday a search for England have never been released on either video let alone DVd.

The series were so informative and memorable especially Domesday that i would pay a considerable sum to posses them on disc.

I have even written a letter to the BBC asking on a possible release date but their replie was that they were unsure and would keep me informed.

The books are a timely reminder of how good Woods is at his research.

If you are familiar with his other works,Trojan War,Insearch of Shakespeare etc both which are on dvd,superb as they are but are nowhere near as informative about the period in history as his early series.

Im sure you are choosing Woods book due to your knowledge of his ability as a historian with six BBc series to his credit but if you didnot see In Search of The Dark Ages on television all those years ago you have been robbed of a rare treat.

This book is the equal of any on the shelf of your bookseller,written in a way that makes history more accesable to the masses but when or if those magnificent series become available on dvd then you will realise how good they are,so good that i can still remember them all those years ago.
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The perfect companion for all history enthusiasts is the ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKER Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

Michael Wood’s chapters focus primarily on successive rulers during the Dark Ages (AD 500-1000), and he provides additional background information to assist with understanding the context. This book would serve as a good jumping-off point for anyone interested in finding out even more about the time period and its personalities. While reading, I couldn’t help but be amazed at how much we know from so long ago, yet at the same time be saddened by how much more we will never know.
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The perfect companion for all history enthusiasts is the ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKER Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

The history of Briton from the middle of Roman rule up through the arrival of William (1066) told through the histories of various important people. Wood begins with Boudicca and then moves on to the historical basis for a King Arthur before following with the leaders of the Anglo-Saxons, Danes, etc. that populated pre-Norman England.

I especially enjoyed the chapter on King Alfred ; I found myself musing on the history of the Danelaw, which extended much further both south and west than I had realised. As a result of Alfred's efforts it seems to have been completely incorporated into the English polity, disappearing completely as a political entity in its own right.

All in all an informative and compelling read.
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