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Scholarly , but lacking narrative style and colour,
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This review is from: Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford History of England) (Paperback)
Stenton's work is masterful and scholarly, but lacks narrative style and colour. Stenton's bibliography pays tribute to HODGKIN -"History of the Anglo-Saxons", which, though dated is fun to read, composed in a more popular style and is a wonderful introduction to the early AS period for the general reader.
Stenton is lacking entirely in illustrations - in great contrast to Hodgkin - which is strange seeing both are products of the OUP though separated by 50 years ! By contrast, the campaign maps in HODGSON are colourful extending pages - and must be seen to be believed.
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2010 22:18:20 BDT
J. G. Roland says:
"which is strange seeing both are products of the OUP though separated by 50 years ! " You are referring here to 'HODGKIN's History Of The Anglo Saxons', a two volume set which I also own. Alas, Hodgkin's history was published in 1935, whereas the book being reviewed here was published in 1943, therefore an eight year separation, and not a fifty year separation as you suggest in your review. Both books are excellent in their coverage of the subject, but do indeed need to be read alongside a more recent history, given the archaeological discoveries in the interim period.
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