7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Rushed and poorly produced,
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This review is from: The Viking Wars of Alfred the Great (Campaign Chronicles Series) (Hardcover)
I love the Pen and Sword books, but some are rushed out to fill a gap - and this is one. I recently bought 'Battlefield Yorkshire' and was impressed with the photography, page quality, in depth battle analysis and artwork. I could walk each battlefield afterwards as a learned layman. Not in this case. The book claims to analyse Ethandun in detail. There are no photographs of proposed battlefield sites - I have a huge collection myself that could have sufficed, and there is little information about Ashdown. Where are the proposed diagrams of battle? Even in 1970 authors were offering suggestions, all be it on military ground. The pictures, not inserted into the text to save money, are dull, grainy and have no structure to them to match the text. I was expecting aerial views of Ashdown and Ethandun with proposed battle formations to bring the history alive. I was expecting an analysis of the lie of the land inside the military range on Salisbury Plain, and how it may have influenced Guthrum and Alfred's positions. There was none.
The author is knowledgeable - but does not bring the history to life in the same way that some Pen and Sword authors do - and it is not just about little knowledge from the period. Little if anything is known of the Battle of Fulford in York, but the author concerned with that one is so enthusiastic he makes you want to rush for your car and get out there.
This didn't do that for me. I could have spent my money in a better way.