Mercia: The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Central England Paperback – 30 Apr 2011
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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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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
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.