7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good but slightly old fashioned take on post-Roman Britain,
This review is from: Arthur and the Anglo-Saxon Wars: Anglo-Celtic Warfare, A.D.410-1066 (Men-at-Arms) (Paperback)
Don't be fooled by the title, this book doesn't just cover the historical Arthurian period. It takes you through from the end of Roman Britain right up to the end of Anglo-Saxon England, taking in the rise of the Saxon kingdoms and the coming of the Norsemen along the way.
Trying to cram so much history into so few pages is never easy, especially with the inclusion of Irish and Pictish affairs, so the book never manages to touch upon the subject in any great depth. Having said that, Osprey's distinguished list of books on military history are only intended as broad introductions, and this book fulfils that role pretty well.
The only downside is that so much of the interpretation within is now out of date; it could really do with a new edition to take in the past few years' findings.
As ever, the colour plate section in the centre of the book is really helpful, fleshing out our imagination of how the fighting man of the post-Roman era might have equipped himself.