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The Anglo-Saxon Fenland (Windgather)
The Anglo-Saxon Fenland (Windgather)
by Susan Oosthuizen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and recommended, 10 July 2017
Excellent and highly readable account of the Anglo-Saxon Fenlands. The chapter on cultural Identity was particularly good- identifying a large degree of continuity over many centuries with multi/ bi- lingual communities including the survival of Brittonic-speaking communities in the Fenlands over a far longer period than is usually discussed. The chapters showing the human interaction shaping the Fens over the millennia was also fascinating. It would be great if Anglo-Saxon studies moved towards regional analyses such as this one rather than the attempts to create a "unifying theory" of continuity/ change/ assimilation across Britain. This would create a far more diverse patchwork picture of the UK in 5-9th centuries- and I believe a more complex and accurate one.


Cloth and Clothing in Early Anglo-Saxon England: AD 450-700 (CBA Research Reports)
Cloth and Clothing in Early Anglo-Saxon England: AD 450-700 (CBA Research Reports)
by Penelope Walton Rogers
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars This is an outstanding book for both archaeologists and serious ..., 27 Jan. 2017
This is an outstanding book for both archaeologists and serious re-enactors. But the price will mean that many will not be able to buy it- suggest an e-book at a more accessible price?


Beasts of No Nation
Beasts of No Nation
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Read after seeing the film, 9 Nov. 2015
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Moving tough story of a child soldier in West Africa- written in an excellent voice redolent of the West African rhythms.


The Splendour of Power: Early Medieval Kingship and the Use of Gold and Silver in the Southern North: Written by J. A. W. Nicolay, 2015 Edition, Publisher: Barkhuis [Hardcover]
The Splendour of Power: Early Medieval Kingship and the Use of Gold and Silver in the Southern North: Written by J. A. W. Nicolay, 2015 Edition, Publisher: Barkhuis [Hardcover]
by J. A. W. Nicolay
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and beautifully illustrated and presented book on the fifth ..., 15 May 2015
Excellent and beautifully illustrated and presented book on the fifth to seventh centuries focussing on the Southern North Sea zone and elite behaviour within that area. . Refreshingly, it takes a North Sea rather than an Anglo-centric or Continental Europe approach. As such, it allows comparison of finds across modern political borders showing the links between elites on either side of the Southern North Sea- not just the usual Kentish/ Merovingian links. The sections on gift-giving and its possible interpretation of binding subordinates through gifts was interesting- even better was the use of grave good to "create ancestors" - recalling Beowulf and " Þæt wæs god cyning!". More debatiable were the hypothese on centres of regional and supra regional power bases. The sequence of events and development is very plausible; but the evidence (to date) is scant- but this book is a fascinating way to start/ continue the debate. Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the period.


High Point: A Guide to Walking the Summits of Great Britain's 85 Historic Counties
High Point: A Guide to Walking the Summits of Great Britain's 85 Historic Counties
by Mark Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for all walkers (and armchair travellers), 8 Dec. 2014
A really engaging book of one man's quest to walk the highest point of every county- as so often with a walking book, the journey is as ( if not more) important as the destination. A long walk in the British country side as opposed to "A short walk in the Hindu Kush" , this is a journey that few, if any readers will replicate- but in the journey sone deep insights about Britain are found. Recommended for all walkers- and also those who would rather travel from the comfort of a fireside armchair.


The Wake: Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist Edition
The Wake: Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist Edition

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and moving, 4 Aug. 2014
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I was gripped by this book, and did not see the twists coming from this most unreliable of narrators, Buccmaster. The disintegration and destruction of a nation, a society, a homestead, a family, and a man are vividly done. The mental disintegration is very moving and abhorrent at the same time. I liked the way that the language first distanced you, then made you think, then drew you in to a different way of looking at the world and the thin membrane between worlds- and all of this set in that most liminal of places, the Fenlands. And to those who could not cope with the language, sceomu on thu for nat finishing this litel boc with its micel tale of an eald ways and their wyrd.
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The Origin of Our Species
The Origin of Our Species
Price: £5.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and wide ranging, 22 Oct. 2013
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An excellent and updated review of this fast changing area. Recommended for bother students and the general reader interested in the subject.


Britain after Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400 - 1070: Anglo-Saxon Britain: V.2 1 (Allen Lane History)
Britain after Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400 - 1070: Anglo-Saxon Britain: V.2 1 (Allen Lane History)
by Robin Fleming
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insights into the people of Britain after the fall of Rome, 18 Aug. 2012
I disagree strongly with the reviews above. The approach the author took of focussing on the archaeology and - even better- what the bones and remains tell us about how the post Roman world in Britain lived, got sick, and died -was fascinating. For me the last chapter was worth the price of the book alone. There are numerous books about the great men, and many on the written sources- I seem to have bought and read many of them. But there are few on how people actually lived, and the emerging archaeological evidence with proper scientific analysis of the organic remains is beginning to unlock this shadowy period. Some gruesome and memorable finds as well- for example the woman with the lopsided grin who was flung onto the grave of another woman and crushed by a millstone- with the indications being that she was trying to get up. A punishment? Witchcraft? Who knows?

I finished the book, with a far more vivid picture of what the people in an early Saxon village may have looked like- the ridges on the teeth from poor harvests , the lack of women after deaths in child birth, and the illnesses they suffered. Recommended.
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The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History
The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History
by Peter Heather
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Its the Hun Wot Done it", 8 Oct. 2011
Excellent, witty and knowledgeable- I thoroughly enjoyed this. Peter Heather wears his learning lightly- and while there will inevitably be areas for disagreement (for example, I would have preferred more on the economic reasons for the fall of the Western Roman empire) , it is highly recommended.

And for undergraduates short on time, here is a precis of the main reason for the fall of the Western Roman Empire. To misquote the famous phrase on the Murdoch owned newspaper, "Its the Hun Wot done it".


Corvus: Oath of Vengeance (Fury of the Vikings)
Corvus: Oath of Vengeance (Fury of the Vikings)
by James Thomson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Viking yarn, 25 April 2010
This is a real page-turner- and huge fun. Its the story of Corvus Gunnarson, a Viking as he seeks revenge for his murdered parents and to release his captured sisters in Dark Ages Britain. Corvus is handy with an axe (or even two)- and fans of battle scenes won't be disappointed. Looking forward to the sequel!


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