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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and comprehensive - indispensable for the student of Anglo-Saxon history, 28 Dec 2008
This review is from: The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles (Paperback)
"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 The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Anglo-Saxon England, edited by Lapidge, Blair, Keynes and Scragg, it provides the student with an excellent foundation on which to build his or her researches. More serious scholars may also wish to consider the multi-volume Collaborative Edition of the Chronicle, published by Boydell & Brewer, which places a modern translation alongside the original Old English text.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In proper detail, 10 July 2007
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source if a little awkward to use, 16 Dec 2000
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A good translation with informative introduction and footnotes. Superb source for Anglo-Saxon history. The layout can be confusing to use but generally sound.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the mirror, 1 April 2014
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Lots of detailed information in this important translation of the most iconic collection of writings from England's so called dark ages.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most for those interested in this period of history, 17 Sep 2000
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As someone who has studied this period of englands history at university i strongly advise people to buy this fine book not simply just to read it as a history book, but more as a living testament of the infighting and political intriguing which was to mark one of englands most fluid period of history for hundreds of years
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a birthday present and yet to be given ..., 28 Aug 2014
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Bought as a birthday present and yet to be given. However a sneak preview shows it to be a fascinating book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 July 2014
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Exactly what I wanted but have not yet studied it.
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