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Fascinating, comprehensive, and up to date
on 12 February 2014
This account of Anglo-Saxon England and its connections is outstanding because of its depth and comprehensiveness. It takes account of very recent discoveries, such as the Staffordshire Hoard, and development of thinking on episodes such as the migration period and developing trade centres, in the in the light of archaeological research. I liked the inserted sections which look in detail at particular features such as the Domesday Book and the Bayeux Tapestry (for the work includes the impact of the Norman invasion). It is the 'Anglo-Saxon World' not just in a geographical sense but in the way it seems to look at every aspect of society. I read the hard-cover version. I know that Kindle versions of non-fiction books like this are often much less satisfactory because of the illustrations and coloured diagrams which are frequently referred to, and looking at other reviews makes me think that the conversion in this case may not be very satisfactory.
I am not a historian but I have a long-term interest in this period.