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Wales and the Britons, 350-1064 (History of Wales) Hardcover – 1 Feb 2013

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  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (1 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198217315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198217312
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 5.6 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,158,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thomas Charles-Edwards has written a book that will be essential reading, and not only for those concerned with the history of Wales, for many decades to come. (David Stephenson, Studia Celtica)

In short, this volume clearly reflects a career marked by erudition. Not surprisingly, experts in the field will value the work. Nevertheless, the text is accessible to novices. (J. M. Pope, CHOICE)

This volume will revolutionise the study of early medieval Wales (Alex Woolf, English Historical Review)

the most detailed and rigorous account of early medieval Welsh history, and of the written sources for that history, published to date. A signal scholarly achievement, it not only provides an invaluable point of entry into a wide range of debates but, thanks to the originality of its overall conception and its numerous fresh interpretations, compels us to look afresh at the formative period that marked the beginnings of the History of Wales (Huw Pryce, Archaeologia Cambrensis)

a major study based on a lifetime's work by one of the leading historians of Britain in the period which it concerns (Ken Dark, Irish Historical Studies)

An important, elegantly written work of high scholarship. (Northern History)

The breadth and depth of scholarship on offer is extraordinary ... a splendid work. (Nicholas Higham, American Historical Review)

a brief review can barely do justice to the riches to be found in this book ... It ought to be read by everyone with an interest in early medieval Britain (Caroline Brett, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies)

The appearance of the first volume in the seminal 'Oxford History of Wales' is to be warmly welcomed ... Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards has produced a remarkably full and detailed picture of early medieval Wales. (Euryn Rhys Roberts, History)

Charles-Edwards combines narrative history with archaeological and linguistic evidence in a masterly way, with detailed scrutiny of the documentary sources and of recent work on their interpretation ... It will remain a standard work in this complex field for many years to come. (Jeremy Knight, Society for Medieval Archaeology)

About the Author

Thomas Charles-Edwards was Jesus Professor of Celtic and Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford from 1997 until 2011. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and a Fellow of the British Academy.


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By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2015
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Wales and the Britons is a meticulously researched study of what happened, to whom it happened, and, more significantly, the cultural context in which it happened in post-Roman Britain. It fills in an important gap between the well documented Roman period and the beginnings of extensive written records. T.M. Charles-Edwards uses his sources judiciously: important considering that they are frequently contradictory, and brings in helpful supporting material from Ireland and from English records.

As far as scholarly books go, this is eminently readable.
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Huge book which seems to gather together the research and knowledge of an entire career. Invaluable for a student of Britain pre Norman Conquest, especially from the under-explored Welsh and north British perspective. Astonishing scholarship but intelligible on some very complicated subjects.
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If rating on scholarship this easily merits five stars. However, it is a very difficult read with interminable side tracks into forensic details of language, inscriptions, kinship amongst others. I found it almost impossible to follow any kind of "story" or "history". This is definitely for academics who will dip into it selectively. A shame really because I believe there is a much more readable book in there that needs pulling together.
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A detailed academic book that doesn't just focus on geographical Wales but looks at the roots of the Welsh people and identity, and at the Britons of the territory we today call England and Scotland. This is a period in our history that has been neglected, the way-too-common belief being that the Romans left Britain and the island wasn't repopulated until the English tribes arrived across the sea.

Prof. Charles-Edwards has an evident interest in language too, and the way various peoples have left their mark.

Llongyfarchiadau. Glad to add this to the OUP series on Wales.
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