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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Logaston Press; Reprint edition (30 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906663548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906663544
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 2.4 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An initial chapter deals with the Roman withdrawal and Saxon arrival, two chapters then consider who the Mercians were, their initial territory, how the kingdom was formed and its early rulers. A chapter is devoted to each of Mercian Paganism and Christianity, another chapter looks at two of the 'sub-kingdoms', those of the Hwicce and Magonsaete. Further chapters look at Mercia's Age of Supremacy, Offa's Dyke, the Development of Towns, Decline and Twilight. Photoraphic sections also look at Mercian church architecture and carving. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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an excellent book on how the midlands developed in Anglo Saxon times [though some might quibble at one or two conclusions]; comprehensive, a pretty easy read and pretty interesting too. What we are today is less about Romans, or French but all about the Anglo-Saxons - our laws, our heritage, even e.g. the spaces our houses occupy in many places. Well worth the read.
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This book begins to fill in many of the gaps in our knowledge of the Anglo-Saxon presence in the heart of the West Midlands. It resulted in some very informative visits to Repton, Tamworth, and Lichfield the key centres of the Kingdom as it once was. It was surprising that the last resting place of Offa has not yet been identified. I consider the book to be an excellent source of references to further studies of the subject.
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Having been recommended this book by a local archaeologist, I was not disappointed.
It has recently been updated with a few paragraphs on the Staffordshire hoard.
Unfortunately the only picture relating to this is on the cover, obviously trying to
attract a larger international audience with a description on the cover of Mercia
as the "Anglo Saxon kingdom of Central England".
Born in Worcestershire but having lived in Staffordshire for 30 years,
it was interesting to get the angle on the history of Mercia from someone living in an area familiar to me.
An all together good book but could benefit from a bit of colour.
All books on this subject are of course now dated as the finding and evaluation of the hoard
will change the perspective on Mercia, about which little was written in its own lifetime.Mercia: The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Central England
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This book gives a detailed history of the Kingdom of Mercia from beginning to end. The book is jam-packed with information so I found it easier to absorb when reading 'a little at a time'. I learned a lot about the Mercians, and enjoyed the photographs and the sectioned-off articles. Two months ago, I happened to visit St Andrew's Minster, in Ashingdon, Essex, and read about the battle between Edward Ironside and Cnut the Dane, not realising that Edward was the last of the Mercian Kings. I also realised that I have lived in many places within the area of the Kingdom of Mercia without knowing it! So it became something of a personal journey, and I found that I could relate to many of the places and events in the book, which enhanced my sense of enjoyment.
The book uses a variety of sources, and gives lots of dates and names, however, I found the constant reference to sources 'within the actual text' rather irritating. Having said that, it makes an ideal reference book for those who wish to study the period in detail.
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I am studying the 7th century history and this book is brilliant and for me its also a very good reference book.
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