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A Biographical Dictionary of Dark Age Britain: England, Scotland and Wales c.500 - c.1050: England, Scotland and Wales, 500-1050 (Seaby Biographical Dictionaries) Hardcover – 25 Jun 1991

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  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (25 Jun. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852640472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852640477
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,326,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Ann Williams was formerly Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the Polytechnic of North London. Dr Alfred P Smyth is Reader in Medieval History at the University of Kent, and Dr D P Kirby is Reader in History at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. All three authors have published widely on the history of Britain in the Dark Ages.

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The biographical dictionary of Dark Age Britain is a set of short, mostly paragraph-long, summaries of the careers of historical figures in England, Scotland and Wales from the departure of the Romans to the Norman conquest. Because of the paucity of the source material, the vast majority of these entries contain all the known, reliable information on these figures.

This is an extremely useful book if you are studying anything to do with the dark ages, and want to quickly verify whether the Ælflæd you are thinking of is the same one that the writer is referring to. Given how similar some of the names are—everyone must at some time have confused Ealhflæd, daughter of Oswiu and murderer of Peada, with Eanflæd, wife of Oswiu though not mother of Ealhflæd—this is a very helpful book for sorting yourself out. The family trees in the introduction are also very helpful.

Where this book falls down a little is that if you are working to a different spelling from the one in the book, it may take you a while to track it down. Most readers interested in the period will know that Oswy is the same as Oswiu, but if you don't happen to know this, the book won't tell you. This can be a problem when working with older journal articles and non-specialist books, where 'Oswy' is used. There are also problems if your source material is not entirely in Late West Saxon.

Apart from that, excellent
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