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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (21 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 063122260X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631222606
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,307,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This lucid text cuts a logical swathe through the minefield of current debates, and provides an overview that will be welcomed by scholars and non-specialists alike. Anyone seeking an authoritative and eminently readable account of the early Britons should start with this book. I enjoyed it. Others will too." Lloyd Laing, University of Nottingham

"This book is about a fascinating, crucial and formative period of British History. There are plenty of controversial theories about the so-called 'Dark Ages', and yet Snyder offers a manageable overview that explores not only the latest scholarly works but also popular flights of fancy. This is a really well written book which is interesting, questioning, accessible and often amusing" Abbey's Advocate Newsletter

"Prof Snyder questions the view of historians from Bede onwards that the British were overwhelmed by massive Germanic immigration and a series of bloody wars. He says many historians are now subscribing to the theory that a small number of warrior elites imposed their culture on the Britons in what is now England. The Welsh, however, refused for centuries to accept new trends from continental Europe, even defying the Pope with their own calendar." Rhodri Clark, Western Mail (Cardiff)


This book provides a fascinating and unique history of the Britons from the late Iron Age to the late Middle Ages. It draws on both archaeological and written evidence to trace the development of the distinct culture of the Britons that survived nearly four centuries of Roman rule and has been revived and celebrated by generations ever since. The book: describes the life and culture of the Britons before, during and after Roman rule covers the revival of Iron Age practices within a Christian context, typified by the work of Saint Patrick examines the figures of King Arthur and Merlin and the evolution of a powerful national mythology proposes a new theory on the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain and the establishment of separate Brittonic kingdoms gives an account of the Viking and Norman invasions and their effect on the Britons reveals the origins of The Brittonic language and its segmentation into Breton, Cornish and WelshThe book also discusses the revivals of interest in British culture and myth over the centuries, from Renaissance antiquarians to modern day Druids.

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Adam Bigham
5.0 out of 5 starsReadily accessible to the nonprofessional reader
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5.0 out of 5 starsWell reasoned and written. Not overly academic in style ...
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5.0 out of 5 starsThe Britons An informative book
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Magne Berg
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent!
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Simon Woodward
2.0 out of 5 starsAcademic, boring and lacks pictures.
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