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This review is from: Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400 to 1070: Anglo-Saxon Britain Vol 2 (The Penguin History of Britain) (Paperback)
The author is very up-front about not wishing to merely re-hash other works covering a similar period, but rather aiming for a different approach. In some ways this succeeds and her emphasis on portraying the lives and issues of the day offer interesting insights, notably on the surviving pockets of Roman culture in the ruin of the post-Roman period. Sometimes this approach can be so speculative that one feels it has little substance, and at such points the narrative becomes rather unravelled. She uses a nice literary style, and is unafraid of more ambitious words; a refreshing change in an era of 3 word sentances and no word more than 2 sylables. To some extent the 3 star may be a trifle low because, as she points out, the written evidence is so scant for much of this era. I would have appreciated some illustrations or photographs, of burial items for example, and in view of the intent to provide a more 3 dimensional narrative this did seem a puzzling omission. Overall I felt it was a very readable and informative insight into the period covered.