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on 20 August 2002
Rome, Britain & The Anglo-Saxons is a move away from the established vision of the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries as a mass migration. Higham's approach is to re-examine the literary and archaeological evidence for the period and the book represents one of the few genuine attempts to get down to the nitty gritty of cultural and political change in the period ultimately putting forward a hypothesis founded on evidence rather than assumption which points towards a more minimalized Anglo-Saxon settlement. The book challenges established academic thinking and supplies the ideological bedrock for some of Higham's later published books on the period. Readable and well illustrated, whether one agees with Higham or not, for the student and casual reader alike it is a valuable introduction to the principal problems in interpreting the period.
For a Romanist perspective on the same issues, I recommend the books of Kenneth Dark.
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