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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Revised Edition edition (30 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415242118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415242110
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In a soft-voiced fashion this book offers a strong revisionism of Anglo-Saxon history in the centuries between the creation of the early kingdoms and the emergence of Wessex under Alfred the Great."
"- Provides in a readable and accessible form a political history of the early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms to the death of Alfred.."
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"A good example of scholarship presented in an accessible and intellectually stimulating way.."
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In 865, following over half a century of Viking raiding activity, what contemporaries came to call the 'great heathen army' landed in East Anglia. Read the first page
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Miket on 29 Oct. 2009
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This is a wonderfully researched and tightly constructed account of the earliest English kings and their inter-relationships. It draws upon virtually all that is either known or might be reasonably presumed about them, which in some instances is slight indeed. Kirby's strength as a scholar carries the book, and the reader with it. Inevitably it displays much of the chronological scaffolding he has painstakingly constructed, tested and used to substantially enlarge the structure of our knowledge of this early period. Kirby is a major scholar and everything he has published over the previous five decades is deeply considered, forensic and a joy to read. This book is no exception.
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Good Book, Horrid Kindle Edition 18 Dec. 2011
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I must note that the poor rating has little to do with the author and everything to do with the poor quality of this Kindle edition.
This Kindle ebook costs $31.56 to buy and yet all the images, figures, tables and illustrations in the book are useless due to the fact they are too small and blur when zoomed in. The Appendix in the kindle edition becomes a tasteless joke with all figures with the descents and genealogies rendered useless. Then the notes in the book don't link to their respective notes section.
I was stupid in thinking that my inability to access the images and the lack of linking for the notes were restrictions the sample carried - and that those would be gone once I purchased the book.
I'm disappointed and frustrated.
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a goldmine of information 28 July 2011
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A most detailed reference book. If your interest is Anglo saxon history, this has to be in your library. The author has done an enormous amount of research. I would be amazed if this were not a prescribe text book for any organised study of Anglo-Saxon history course.
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The Earliest English Kings 19 Aug. 2013
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For me, this was reference material. I'm lucky enough to have royalty in my background, so I bought this to find out more about my ancestors. It's well written and thorough.
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