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The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles [Paperback]

Michael Swanton
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6 April 2000
Made up of annals written in the monasteries of Winchester, Canterbury, Peterborough, Abingdon, and Worcester, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle marks the beginning of the unmannered simplicity of English prose. Immediately striking are the accounts of the Danish invasions and the unhappiness of Stephen¿s reign, together with the lyrical poem on the Battle of Brunanburh. Ranging from the start of the Christian era to 1154, the uniqueness of the chronicle as an historical and literary document makes it of compelling interest throughout. The historical, linguistic and literary importance of The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is without parallel.

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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Press; New Ed edition (6 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842120034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842120033
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 15.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most important written work in English before the Norman Conquest, newly translated.

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Michael Swanton is professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Exeter, and has held visiting professorships at Justus-Liebig Universität (Germany), and l¿Université de Lausanne (Switzerland). Formerly Editor of the Royal Archaeological Institute, he is Fellow of both the Society of Antiquaries and The Royal Historical Society, and lectures widely on various aspects of early English culture. His extensive publications include translations of the epic poem Beowulf (1978) and a selection of Anglo-Saxon Prose (2nd edition, Everyman, 1993)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles", edited and translated by Michael Swanton, presents the history of the Anglo-Saxon peoples, as they themselves recorded it in their own language. Instigated in the ninth century and compiled over the course of several generations, it charts events from the Roman expeditions under Julius Caesar through to the succession of Henry II in 1154. First published in 1996, Swanton's edition remains even today the most up-to-date and accessible translation of this crucial historical source.

One of the first things to note is that the various versions of the Chronicle are not laid out side-by-side, but intercut one another, sometimes breaking off in the middle of an annal and recommencing several pages later. This has both advantages and disadvantages: on the one hand, it means that there are no large blank spaces, as for example there are in Dorothy Whitelock's edition; on the other, it occasionally makes comparing the different versions directly quite difficult.

On every page there are extensive footnotes, which are extremely helpful in elucidating certain Old English terms and providing context to the many people, places and events mentioned. Swanton often cross-references the Chronicle with other contemporary sources and modern scholarship, and all of his references are included in a comprehensive bibliography running to 28 pages. The index is similarly exhaustive, and the text is supplemented by 9 maps and 16 genealogical tables, and 8 pages of black-and-white plates illustrating various aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture.

All in all, "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles" is an essential reference for early English history. Together with
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anglo-Saxon Chronicle ed. M. Swanton 15 Jan 2004
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Cheap, and vital for all students of Anglo-Saxon history. Tricky lay out makes it a poor second to whitelock's edition, where all the versions are laid out side by side, but footnotes are interesting and it is much cheaper than the whitelock ed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In proper detail 10 July 2007
The most complete and faithful reading I have found. Extensive notes draw on the latest evidence of archaeologists and textual / social historians. Includes index, introduction, maps, genealogical tables, and illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 11 July 2010
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An excellently produced and set out translation of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles where it is easy to compare one account with another. The footnotes are well thought out and useful as are the maps. Well worth the money.
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